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Your hips are important weight-bearing joints — so, when there’s a problem, your body quickly alerts you through hip pain. At Urgent Orthopaedic Care, skilled hip pain specialist Vlad Gendelman, MD, QME, AME, FAAOS, offers comprehensive care for hip pain. Whether your hip pain stems from arthritis, fractures, or some other issue, you deserve to move without pain and with flexibility. Call either of the two offices in the Echo Park and North Hollywood areas of Los Angeles, California, or book your appointment with the online scheduling link now.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Common causes of hip pain include: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fractures, e.g., femur, femoral neck, or intertrochanteric fracture
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Labral tear
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Avascular necrosis (bone death due to poor circulation)

Many causes of hip pain start with age-related changes, even acute injuries.

For example, arthritis, osteoporosis, and soft tissue degeneration can greatly weaken your bones, joints, and connective tissues. This, in turn, increases the risk of fractures or other traumatic injuries if you fall or have another type of accident.

When do I need medical care for hip pain?

Many people with hip pain simply try to accept it as the price of aging, so they adjust their lives rather than seek help. Trying to power through life when you’re hurting is the worst thing you can do because it usually compounds the damage without giving your body a chance to heal.

If you’re experiencing frequent hip pain, or your hip pain forces you to change your normal activities, you need medical help. 

When climbing stairs, sitting down, standing up from a sitting position, getting into a car, or even sleeping in a comfortable position becomes difficult, it’s important to treat the hip pain rather than just cope with its effects. 

How is hip pain treated?

Dr. Gendelman diagnoses the root cause of your hip pain and then discusses your treatment options so you can make the best choice for your health. He understands you’d probably prefer to avoid surgery, and he strives to provide effective pain relief with nonsurgical approaches. 

Common nonsurgical treatments for hip pain include physical rehabilitation, weight loss if you struggle with your weight, exercise, medication, as well as corticosteroid and anesthetic injections. 

Hip pain may respond well to cutting-edge Multiwave Locked System (MLS®) laser therapy. This noninvasive option uses a combination of laser wavelengths to bring on specific benefits, including a reduction in pain, swelling, and inflammation. 

MLS therapy can help soft tissue injuries heal faster and more efficiently.

In some cases, joint replacement is the best way to restore function in a severely damaged hip. Dr. Gendelman has a strong background in joint replacement surgeries, and he customizes each procedure for individual patient needs. 

Whether you need simple treatments or complex surgery, the goal at Urgent Orthopaedic Care is to free you from hip pain for good. Call the office nearest you or book your appointment through online scheduling now.

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