New Treatment Options for Hip Joint Pain: Laser Therapy
When you talk to the elderly or those who have led very active lives for much of their adult lives, there is likely one thing they will complain about at some point: hip joint pain. It is one of the most common complaints seen in doctors’ offices, second only to back, neck, and knee pain. Given that the hip is one of the most used joints in the body, it is easy to see why they would start to wear down and give us hip joint pain after decades of daily wear and tear.
“The hip joint can withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint — the body’s largest — fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. Whenever you use the hip (for example, by going for a run), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. Despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. Bones in the hip can break during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain” (WebMD).
If you are living with sore, stiff hips or hip joint pain, here are some of the most common reasons for such discomfort we see here at the Pain Relief Institute. These may give you a good idea as to what might be causing your pain. Many of our patients come to us with questions about hip joint pain and what can be done to lessen their pain.
Common Causes of Hip Joint Pain
These are the most common causes of hip joint pain that we treat in our patients:
Arthritis. Both types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – are leading causes of hip joint pain in adults over the age of 50. Arthritis causes a great deal of inflammation in the hip joint and also causes rapid deterioration of the cartilage that cushions and protects the joint. Hip joint pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility are the common complaints with arthritis.
Hip fractures. As the body ages, the cells throughout the body break down and the bones can become weak and brittle. Conditions lie osteoporosis end up weakening the bones, and when they are weakened, they are more likely to break during a fall. This is especially true of the large weight-bearing bones like the leg and hip bones.
Bursitis. Bursae is the medical term used for the sacs of liquid that can occur between bone, muscles, and tendons throughout the body. They work like cushions and airbags and protect against impact damage when walking, running, or falling. But when bursae get inflamed, they can cause pain, which is usually associated with repeat injuries to that area.
Tendinitis. The stretchy bands of tissue that connect the bones and muscles together are known as tendons. They are found throughout the body and are the key to joints being able to move freely. Tendinitis is the term used for inflammation or irritation of these tendons. Stretching and tears from overuse or injury are the common causes of tendinitis.
Muscle or tendon strain. Recurring activities and motions can put a lot of unnatural strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This is especially true in the major joints such as the hips. When overuse or injury causes inflammation, it often leads to hip joint pain and a reduction of normal mobility.
Hip labral tear. This is the term used to describe a rip in the protective collar of cartilage, known as the labrum, the supports the socket joint where the bones meet in the hip. When the labrum is damaged, it is easier for the hip to slip out of place and cause pain as the bones rub together; dislocations are easier as well.
Cancers. Tumors caused by some cancers can start in the bone, and they can also spread to the bone through metastasis. These tumors beak down the bone and can cause pain in joints and bones that are affected. In advanced cases, the bones can become brittle and break, joints can be dislocated, and loss of mobility is commonly seen. This causes a wide range of types and severities of pain, often including hip joint pain.
Avascular necrosis. Commonly known as osteonecrosis, this is a condition that occurs when blood flow is reduced and the bone of the hip begins to die. Bone death can lead to breakage and collapse of the bone structure and produce hip joint pain, immobility, and increased risk of infection.
No matter what the cause of your hip joint pain may be, we here at the Pain Relief Institute can help you get relief- even if it has been impossible to find relief through more traditional methods. We can help you find the advanced laser treatments that can bring you the relief you want and need.
Symptoms of Hip Joint Pain
Depending on the condition that’s causing your hip joint pain, you might feel the discomfort in your:
- Thigh area
- Inside the joint
- Groin area
- Outside the joint
- Buttocks area
Sometimes pain that begins in another area of the body can radiate to the hip, which is why any severe or persistent hip joint pain needs to be looked into: it may be a sign of another serious underlying condition. Call your health care provider if your pain doesn’t go away, or if there are any signs of infection. Get medical help right away if:
- The pain came on suddenly without any advanced warning
- Pain is worse when lying down or persists even with rest
- A fall or other injury is what leads to the hip joint pain
- Your joint is visually bruised, misshapen, or bleeding
- There was an audible popping noise when you hurt yourself
- You hear or feel a clicking or catching sensation when you move the hip
- The pain is intense and is making it so you cannot sleep at night
- You are unable to put any weight at all on the hip
- You are unable to move your leg or hip at all
These are all serious warning signs that cannot be ignored. Treatments for injuries are available, but serious injuries and damage need to be addressed first, and then the lingering pain, stiffness, weakness, and mobility issues can be addressed. Here at the Pain Relief Institute, we can help you finalize your healing process and get the relief you have been searching for with our MLS laser therapy treatment options.
New Options for Hip Joint Pain Relief
Non-Invasive Laser Therapy is a therapeutic technique that is particularly suitable for treating numerous diseases, including some that pose a considerable challenge for the patient and doctor due to their frequency and nature. Our Center is proud to be on the cutting edge of medical innovation and technology by being the only medical facility in the Chicago area offering Class IV Robotic MLS (Multiwave Locked System) and HILT Laser Therapy.
Our treatment methods have shown amazing results with many of our patients and we invite you to come see if it the answer you have been looking for! Laser therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research. MLS and HILT laser therapy are both non-invasive, painless, and can be applied successfully to patients of any age. Patients with special therapeutic requirements (patients with pacemakers, pregnant women and diabetics) should consult their doctor before treatment.
To schedule an appointment with the Pain Relief Institute team to discuss your hip joint pain treatment options, please call: 847-243-6041 today!