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Hip Pain Specialist


Orthopedic Surgeons located in Harlingen, TX

Your hips are critical to your ability to walk, run, or stand. They also provide stability to the rest of your body, which is why hip pain can become disabling. At OrthoCare in Harlingen, Texas, Stephanie Baker, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for hip pain, including surgical interventions such as hip replacements and reconstructions. If you need specialized orthopedic care for hip pain, call OrthoCare or schedule a consultation online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of hip pain. You use your hip joints far more than you might imagine, and diseases like osteoarthritis accelerate the deterioration of the cartilage that protects and lubricates your joints. You can also develop rheumatoid arthritis in your hips. 

Your hip pain could also be due to injuries like tendinitis, bursitis, labral tears, or fractures. Sciatica and other spinal issues can also cause hip pain.

You’re more likely to experience hip pain if you’re overweight or have a condition like osteoporosis that weakens your bones. Your lifestyle can also contribute to hip pain — for example, if you have a sedentary lifestyle or a physically demanding job. 

How do you diagnose the cause of hip pain?

You should never ignore pain, especially if it reduces your mobility or persists for more than a few days. Getting treatment as early as possible can reduce the amount of pain you experience overall and minimize disruption to your life. 

The doctors at OrthoCare provide comprehensive exams to identify the condition causing your hip pain. After reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle details, they complete a physical exam to evaluate your condition and look for causes of your pain. 

Your doctor might ask you to walk around the office or perform other movements so they can see how your pain interferes with your mobility and look for other clues to aid their diagnosis. 

You might also need X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic tests to help your doctor gather the details they need to diagnose the issue causing your hip pain. 

How is hip pain treated?

At OrthoCare, the doctors create customized treatment programs, combining therapies to relieve your pain and heal your hip. Depending on your condition, your doctor might recommend:

  • Physical therapy
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound-guided injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation trials
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Medication

In some cases, conservative treatments might not resolve your pain. In these cases, your doctor discusses surgical options, including:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip hemiarthroplasty (replacing half of the hip)
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Anterolateral hip replacement
  • Hip reconstruction
  • Hip fracture surgery

If you have hip pain, contact the team at OrthoCare by calling the office or making an appointment online today.