Hip pain can be debilitating. The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in our bodies and is subject to a tremendous amount of wear and tear over the course of our lives. Although the cartilage surrounding the hip is meant to prevent friction and degradation, even with average age and use, it can wear down and become damaged.
In these situations, or when trauma is sustained, the joint may eventually become so degraded that it greatly hinders a person’s mobility and function. Due to immobility and chronic pain, day-to-day life and normal activities may be impossible.
At this point, many patients are recommended to undergo hip-replacement surgery to repair damage and restore function in the knee. But while this procedure may provide relief to some patients, it is a major surgery that comes with extensive preparation, painful recovery, and lengthy downtime.
There can also be complications following surgery itself, including infection at the surgery site, deep vein thrombosis, and even a fracture of the surrounding bone. Additionally, there will be powerful pain medication prescribed following the procedure to manage the painful recovery, which presents its own concerns as well.
Therefore, it is well worth considering the alternatives before undergoing a serious procedure, including non-surgical options that harness the body’s natural healing capabilities and treat the underlying causes of your pain.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
- Chronic and severe hip pain can stem from a number of conditions, most commonly:
- Arthritis (including both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Hip fractures or trauma
- Bursitis (which occurs when the sacs of liquid between tissue become inflamed)
- Pinched nerves
- Certain types of bone cancer (such as leukemia)
Our Treatment Options
At Envista Medical Center, we offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive pain management alternatives. Our medical professionals may recommend one or more treatments in a personalized yet targeted approach to alleviating hip pain naturally.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a common application we offer to assist with chronic hip pain, especially in dealing with osteoarthritis and joint deterioration. In this procedure, the doctor will begin by drawing a small sample of your blood and separate out the platelet-rich plasma.
The process results in a nearly colorless substance, which obtains a much higher concentration of platelets, growth factors, and proteins. When these components are injected into the hip in high quantities, they can expedite your body’s response to injury and stimulate healing.
The procedure is minimally invasive, with little to no downtime. Additionally, the fact that the treatment is derived from your own body means there is no chance of rejection.
Physical rehabilitation may also be used to regain function and strength over the hip joint. Rehabilitation seeks to eliminate discomfort and enhance your overall mobility within the joint through stretches and strengthening exercises.
Whether a stand-alone treatment or used in conjunction with others, physical rehabilitation can help you recover from a sustained injury or trauma while preventing the likelihood of future recurrence down the line as well.
If you are suffering from chronic hip pain and would like to explore a natural and effective alternative, contact our office today to receive a complimentary consultation.