Hip Doctor in Delray Beach, FL
What Is Hip Pain?
The hip joint is the largest joint in our bodies, and as we age, several conditions can lead to hip pain and a reduced range of motion. If you are experiencing minor or long-term hip pain, consider the frequent causes of hip pain and how Dr. Marcie A. Merson can help.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Causes include pain coming from within the hip joint, irritation of tendons that surround the hip, a strain of muscles, bone fracture, pinched nerves in the back (radiculopathy), irritation of joints in the back of the pelvis (sacroiliac joint), and inflammation in the bursa, among others. Many of these possible causes can be diagnosed with a detailed history and a good physical exam. Often testing is required to come to a specific diagnosis.
What Is Hip Osteoarthritis?
One in five people over the age of 18 has been diagnosed with arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis and it affects about 31 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is the deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the joints.
When osteoarthritis is present in the hip joint, the cartilage that lines the acetabulum and femoral head break down. The bones rub against each other and can result in pain, stiffness, loss of movement, and bone spurs.
How do We Provide Treatment for Hip Pain?
When other treatments have failed to reduce your pain, or the pain worsens even when using a cane or walker, interferes with your sleep, and affects your ability to go up and downstairs, it may be time to discuss pain management with Dr. Merson.
We utilize x-rays, MRI, and ultrasound, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic injections. We have advanced skills in interpreting x-rays and MRI and can review and explain these images to you in detail. We also have advanced skills in performing an ultrasound to evaluate certain aspects of your hip that are best visualized in this way, and this can be done in the office with results explained to you as images are being obtained. Diagnostic and therapeutic injections are performed using either x-ray or ultrasound guidance for maximum safety, accuracy, and comfort.
We use your images as well as pelvic/hip models and drawings to explain the cause of your pain and the contributing factors. There will be a spectrum of treatment options that range from conservative to aggressive and may include physical therapy, various medication, and injection options. We will explain all of the options that are available to you for your particular diagnosis and work together to come to an appropriate and customized treatment plan that you are comfortable with, and which meets your needs.
Hip pain can be one of the most challenging areas of the body to adequately diagnose and requires a high level of understanding of anatomy as well as the interplay between the various components of this part of your body.
Schedule a Consultation for Hip Pain Treatment in Delray Beach, FL
If at-home treatments for your hip pain are unsuccessful or you are very limited in performing everyday activities, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute to schedule a consultation. To schedule an appointment, contact our office today by calling (561) 499-7020 or using our secure form.