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Hip Pain Specialist

Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL

Your hip is a large joint that supports the weight of your body while you stand, walk, and run. Due to the day-to-day forces it endures, hip pain is a common complaint. Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Bryan King, MD, and his team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute in Northport, Alabama, specialize in diagnosing and managing hip pain. They can devise a treatment plan to reduce your discomfort and improve function. For a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Your hip is a complex joint made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle. Hip pain refers to any discomfort, whether a dull persistent ache or a sharp, shooting, intermittent pain, you experience in and around your hip. The pain can arise from damage or disease to any one of the parts of your hip.

What are the common causes of hip pain?

Hip pain is very common and can develop from many causes. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Labral tears
  • Strains and sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Sciatica

Hip pain can also develop from conditions that affect your foot, ankle, and/or knee.

What can I expect during an evaluation of hip pain?

The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute do thorough exams when you visit their office with concerns about hip pain. The goal of your evaluation is to identify the underlying cause of your pain so they can create a treatment plan that deals with the source of your discomfort.

During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They encourage you to provide as many details as possible about your pain, including the kind of pain and where you feel it, to be able to provide the most accurate diagnosis. Diagnostic tests like X-rays or MRIs could be done to confirm or rule out a suspected cause.

How is hip pain treated?

Treatment of your hip pain depends on the underlying cause. The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute offers nonsurgical and surgical treatments of hip pain. Your treatment can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Hip injections

These conservative treatments are usually the first course of action for hip pain. The team only recommends surgery when conservative measures fail to ease your hip pain. The type of surgery you need will depend on the cause of your hip pain and can include repair of your injured or diseased tissue or a partial or full hip joint replacement.

When would I need a hip replacement?

Dr. King is known for his hip replacement surgeries. A hip replacement is recommended for severe arthritis that hasn’t responded well to conservative treatments. Dr. King determines when a hip replacement makes sense for you.

Hip pain is common and can develop from many causes. For an evaluation of your hip pain by a compassionate team, call Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute or book online today.