It doesn’t matter if your hip pain is dull and achy or sharp and burning. It still can make your everyday activities nearly impossible to complete. Sports medicine specialist Carlos Uquillas, MD, offers a variety of traditional and cutting-edge treatments of hip pain. At his Los Angeles County offices in Westchester and Pasadena, and in San Fernando Valley/Tarzana, California, Dr. Uquillas has helped hundreds of patients reduce their hip pain with minimally invasive solutions. Call the office nearest you or book your appointment online today.
Several issues can cause hip pain. Osteoarthritis, which causes degeneration of cartilage in your joints, is the most common cause. If you strain your hamstring or hip flexor, it can also cause hip pain. Other frequent causes of hip pain are:
In some cases, hip pain results from issues in your lower back.
Dr. Uquillas can suggest a variety of things you can do at home to reduce your hip pain. Avoid any activities that increase your pain and take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce inflammation and ease discomfort.
He can also suggest wearing shoes with good arch support and avoiding standing for long periods, especially on concrete surfaces. If your hips hurt at night, sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees can offer relief. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight also reduces the stress and strain on your hip joints and can reduce hip pain.
Warming up before you exercise or play sports can also help with hip pain and make you less likely to suffer an injury. But If your hip pain doesn’t improve after 10 days of at-home care, you should call Dr. Uquillas to get an assessment of your hip pain.
How your hip pain is treated will be determined by what’s causing it. Dr. Uquillas could recommend physical therapy or strengthening exercises that stabilize your hip joint.
If arthritis is causing your hip pain, he can prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and slow the progression of joint degeneration.
To treat severe damage to the hip joint, Dr. Uquillas offers minimally invasive joint preservation surgery. Types of surgery can include a total or partial hip joint replacement or hip arthroscopy to restore the joint’s function. You might also benefit from surgery to reconstruct the ligaments that support your hip joint.
If you have hip pain that’s affecting your mobility or independence, don’t wait until it gets worse. Contact the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, today by phone or using the online booking feature to request an evaluation for hip pain.