Hip Pain

Hip Pain Specialist
Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. Dr. Malinick can help patients in San Dimas, California and surrounding cities who are suffering from hip pain.

Hip Pain Q & A

by Richard Malinick, MD

How is hip pain determined?

With age, use, or disease the cartilage in the hip can begin to wear down or become damaged. The location of the hip pain will help provide a better insight into what the underlying cause of the pain is. Problems that start with the hip joint itself can result in pain that radiates on the inside of your hip or your groin. If pain is present on the outside of the hip, in the upper thigh, or the outer gluteal region it is usually caused by problems within the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues that surround the hip joint. Along with the pain, you might have reduced range of motion, and possibly a limp.

How is hip pain treated?

Depending on the source of the pain, treatment can vary and include some of the following:

  • Hip fracture - surgically treated with external fixation or with traction.
  • Hip instability –physical therapy for exercises that focus on improving your strength, balance, and flexibility. Minimally invasive surgery might also be necessary.
  • Hip resurfacing - involves replacing the ball and socket joint of the hip with plastic, metal, or ceramic prosthetics.

What is a total hip replacement?

Total hip replacements, also called arthroplasty, are performed when arthritis in the hip joint becomes too painful Replacement is usually considered after hip pain becomes so severe that it impedes normal function. Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure where the damaged ball and socket joint is removed and replaced with either a metal or ceramic ball and stem. This new ball and socket is inserted into a metal cup with a plastic liner. A thorough understanding of the process should be considered before making the decision. Contact the office to discuss procedures and treatments for hip pain and questions you may have about total hip replacement.

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