Hip Pain: When to See a Doctor

About 15 percent of people over the age of 65 report having hip pain. These symptoms can include stiffness and soreness, leading to a lifestyle that is slowing down. Several of those affected by hip pain wait too long before seeking treatment. Knowing whether it’s something that’ll pass or that it needs diagnosis can be tricky.

In addition to damage done by falls or other injuries, hip pain can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Hip fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Sprain or strain in the muscles of the joint

Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of the pain, but may start with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. If your pain is not responding to over-the-counter medication, that is a sign that your hip issues need a consultation by a physician. Another indication that the pain signals something more serious is not necessarily the intensity of the pain, but the duration of it, so much that it interferes with daily activities.

Contact the Bone & Joint Center today with your questions and concerns regarding hip pain.