About your hips
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket type joint where the thigh bone (femur) meets the bones that make up the pelvis, include the ilium, ischium, and pubis. The ball-shaped knob of the thighbone fits into a socket in the hipbone.
In order for the bones to move against each other without pain, a white cartilage about ¼ an inch thick is kept slippery by fluid. The cartilage also serves as a “shock absorber” and changes shape when compressed. The bones are held together by large ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the hip joint, called the joint capsule.
When working properly, your hip joint provides a full range of motion in your legs, allowing you to walk, run and crouch, among other physical activities.
The hip joint is built to withstand large amounts of wear and tear over a lifetime of activity, but can be susceptible to sudden and chronic injuries. These injuries can cause severe pain, and proper medical treatment is often necessary for recovery.
Common causes of hip pain
There are three main causes of hip pain: a sudden injury, a medical condition or chronic overuse.
Depending on the condition you’re experiencing, you may feel pain in your thigh, inside or outside of your hip joint, groin or buttocks. To complicate matters, pain felt in the hip is not always caused by an issue in the hip. Conditions affecting the upper leg, groin, buttocks and lower back region can also cause hip pain.
The most common conditions that cause hip pain include muscle and ligament strains. However, a variety of types of arthritis, hip fractures, dislocation, tendinitis and bursitis and are also potential causes of the pain.
To ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment of your hip pain, schedule an appointment today with hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik.
Commonly treated hip conditions
- Clicking on the Hip
- Fractured Hip
- Collateral Ligament Injury
- Dislocated Hip
- Femoral Acetabular Impingement
- Gluteus Medius Tear
- Groin Strains
- Hip Dislocation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Hip Flexor Strain
- Hip Fractures
- Hip Instability
- Labral Tear
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Popping on the Hip
- Snapping Hip Syndrome
- Hip Tendinitis
Hip pain treatment options
The majority of hip conditions are effectively treated with rest, medication, or physical therapy.
Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment for hip pain, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to the patient. To determine the best treatment option for the patient’s hip pain, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
Nonsurgical treatment options for hip pain include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroids (injections that block inflammation)
- Lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight loss, diet, and physical therapy
Surgical treatment options include:
Hip pain articles
Learn more about hip pain with these educational articles from Dr. Vigdorchik:
- Dr. Vigdorchik FDA Approved Hip Replacement Surgery
- NYU Hip Replacement Optimized Positioning System
- Patients Happier with Robotic Assisted Hip Replacements
- Common Hip Injuries in Runners
- Spinal Deformity and Hip Replacement Success
Are you experiencing hip pain as a result of a sudden or chronic injury?
NYC Hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik is here to help you with your hip pain. Dr. Vigdorchik is deeply involved in surgeon education. He frequently hosts visiting surgeons from around the world to learn his techniques and is a part of the teaching faculty of Weill Cornell Medical School. He is invited to give lectures and Grand Rounds at prestigious institutions around the world as well as national and international conferences. With a non-operative priority, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a track record of positive outcomes, you can trust Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and positive outcome for you.
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If your hip pain has been caused by a sudden or chronic injury and is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately and have someone drive you to our office.
- Hip pain came on suddenly, is intense or swollen
- A sudden injury triggered the hip pain
- Hip joint appears deformed
- Moving your leg or hip is difficult