Hip Injuries & Conditions
Hip injuries can range from mild conditions such as bursitis to serious injuries such as a dislocated or fractured hip. At the Memorial Sports Medicine Center, our sports medicine specialists have extensive expertise in treating people with all types of hip conditions and sports injuries. We offer comprehensive services from physical therapy to surgery to help you get back to your active life.
Hip Injuries and Conditions We Treat at Memorial
Our team approach brings together board-certified orthopedic surgeons, sports physiatrists, primary care sports medicine physicians and physical therapists – all with advanced training in sports medicine and related specialties. You’ll receive personalized care from a team who thoroughly understands hip conditions and how they affect your sports performance and daily activities.
Common hip injuries and conditions we treat include:
A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that cushions and reduces friction between bones and soft tissues such as muscles or tendons. Bursitis develops when a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed.
The hip has two bursae that can commonly become inflamed, usually because of an injury or repetitive movements such as running.
A hip dislocation happens when the top of the thigh bone (femur) is forced out of the hip socket. Significant force, such as a car accident or a fall from a great height, can cause a hip dislocation.
Even partial dislocations can result in serious injury to cartilage that can ultimately require surgery. A dislocated hip is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
Hip arthritis occurs when cartilage in the ball (femoral head) or socket (acetabulum) of the joint begins to wear out. Previous injury or trauma, chronic wear-and-tear damage, abnormal hip anatomy (dysplasia), or inflammatory or systemic medical conditions can all lead to hip arthritis.
Fractures in the hip joint usually occur in the upper part of the femur (thigh bone) and can result from a traffic accident or a direct blow to the hip from a fall. A hip fracture is a serious injury that usually requires surgery to repair.
Also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip impingement develops when an abnormality in the ball or socket causes pinching or grinding between these two bones. Over time, hip impingement can cause damage to cartilage in the hip, leading to osteoarthritis if left untreated.
If conservative treatments such as physical therapy don’t help, you may need surgery to repair the abnormality and prevent further damage.
Overuse of the piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, can cause it to spasm, which creates pressure on the nearby sciatic nerve. This large nerve leads from the spine through the buttock and down the leg. Pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pain and numbness down the leg and into the foot.
Snapping hip syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome causes a snapping sensation or a popping sound when you extend your leg, such as when stretching, running or standing up after sitting. The snapping or popping happens when a muscle or tendon catches as it moves over bones in the hip.
Snapping hip syndrome usually occurs in athletes and dancers and can result from overuse or an injury. The condition usually doesn’t cause pain, but it can sometimes lead to bursitis.
Sprains and strains
A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, and a strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Sprains and strains can result from overuse, falls, sudden twists, poorly fitting footwear or forceful impacts such as tackles or other contact during sports.
Hip flexors are muscles at the front of the hip that help you lift your leg or move it forward, such as for walking, running or kicking. A strain is a common hip flexor injury.
Hip Injury Diagnosis and Treatments
When you come to us, you’ll meet with one of our doctors for an evaluation, including a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms. You will likely need imaging so your doctor can diagnose the injury and plan your treatment.
At Memorial Healthcare System, we use advanced imaging technologies. We do X-rays and mini-fluoroscopy (live X-ray, like a video) right in our office, so you don’t have to go elsewhere during your visit.
We can also do cortisone and other injections, such as hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the office. Cortisone helps reduce inflammation and offers pain relief. Hyaluronic acid or PRP can help relieve pain and promote healing in the tissues. Depending on where the injection needs to go, we may use ultrasound to guide the procedure so it’s as precise as possible.
Learn more about your treatment options at the Memorial Sports Medicine Center, including:
- Sports physiatry and primary care sports medicine
- Sports physical therapy
- Sports medicine surgery
- Joint replacement
To schedule an appointment or learn more about sports medicine at Memorial, call 954-265-8326.