Hip pain and broken hips are often associated with old age. While it’s true that many older people deal with hip fractures—often because their bones have degenerated due to osteoporosis—anyone can suffer from hip pain. For instance, hip pain can occur after someone performs high-impact exercise, like running. Hip muscles and tendons can become damaged due to overuse, cartilage can wear down, and a fall can happen at any time. It’s important to know that hip issues may first show up as pain in another part of your body—commonly the groin, inner knee, thigh, buttock, or lower back. Because this happens, hip problems can sometimes be a challenge to identify and diagnose, so it is important to see an experienced hip doctor.
When to Visit a Hip Doctor Near You
You should contact a hip doctor or surgeon if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Hip joint swelling
- Hip pain after a fall
- Limping in order to take pressure off a hip
- Pain in groin area
- Pain on outer side of the hip
- Sharp or searing pain in the hip
- Walking stiffly because of reduced range of motion in the hip
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a hip doctor or surgeon. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our hip specialists offer treatments for hip problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our hip doctors and surgeons can diagnose and treat in patients include:
- Cartilage damage
- Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
- Labral tears
- Tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis)
If your injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Joint Replacement Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our hip doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. For some, this additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, several of our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the hip. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our hip doctors, Dr. Zachary Abbott, Dr. Bradley C. Christ, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Thomas Helpenstell, Dr. Milan S. Moore, Dr. Stephen Snow, Dr. Ryan E. Will, Dr. P. Brodie Wood, and Dr. Jerome Zechmann, are specialty-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Joint Replacement Center, we offer consultations with a hip doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athletes.
Hip Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your hip joints:
- Maintain Your Range of Motion: Before your hip joints have a chance to become stiff, start building healthy habits to reduce the risk of them stiffening. Find a time each day to walk, as well as gently stretch and move your hip joints.
- Lose Weight: Carrying extra pounds—even just a few—can put extra strain on your hips and cause hip pain. If you need to lose some weight, focus on eating smaller portions and making healthier choices, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. If you need help or encouragement to lose weight, talk to your doctor about approaches that might work best for you.
- Strengthen Your Hip Muscles: When you strengthen the muscles that support your hip joints, you reduce your risk of hip injury. Swimming or performing water aerobics can be great options, since you can build muscle mass with putting limited pressure on your joints.