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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained hip doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating hip injuries and conditions.

 

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint connecting the head of the femur (upper thigh bone) to the bones that make up the pelvis. Hip pain can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a progressive condition that has developed over time, such as bursitis and arthritis, to an acute injury, such as a fracture or dislocation.

 

If left untreated, cases involving inflammatory or degenerative diseases, like hip bursitis and hip osteoarthritis, can cause severe pain and immobility, and surgery may be introduced as a viable option for relieving pain and restoring mobility. While hip pain can be the result of trauma or acute injury, it most commonly arises in conjunction with an orthopaedic condition that has developed over time.

 

It may be time to seek treatment from a hip specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hip pain:

 

  • Joint pain felt in the front of the hip, along the outside of the hip, in the groin, or over the buttock area Discomfort and swelling in the thigh and knee

  • Joint inflammation or muscle spasms in the hip (especially if causing fluid buildup in the hip joint)

  • Inability to walk without pain 

  • Inability to bend or rotate the hip without pain

  • Soreness or a throbbing sensation while sleeping or resting

  • Limping or the inability to walk comfortably on the affected side

 

Additionally, if you develop a fever or the area on or around your hip becomes red or warm, seek immediate treatment, as these are signs of an infection.

 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you could be suffering from a hip condition, such as osteoarthritis or bursitis, or an acute injury, such as a fracture, dislocation, or labral tear. It is important that you listen to your body's cues.

 

Disregarding these symptoms can allow your condition to worsen, exacerbate pain, and potentially, necessitate a more invasive course of treatment. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, we know that hip pain can be extremely uncomfortable, debilitating, and disruptive to your active lifestyle. Our hip doctor understands that a prompt and accurate diagnosis is crucial to determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition. Our hip doctor is committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.