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Common Chronic Hip Conditions

Hip pain and dysfunction affects millions of people every day. It can make doing simple tasks, like climbing a flight of stairs, seem like a monumental feat. And it can make everyday life difficult. Hip problems can affect anyone at any age, but they are more common in older adults. Age, injury, chronic inflammation, diet, genetics, and lifestyle can all contribute to hip problems. At Beaumont, we have a dedicated orthopedic hip program with experts who treat all sorts of hip injuries and conditions. 

To diagnose your hip problem, we will take a medical history, do a physical exam, and likely run some tests. The tests may include x-rays, ultrasound, bone scans, biopsy or blood tests. 

Some of the most common chronic hip conditions we treat are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stress fractures in the hip
  • Sciatica
  • Hip dislocation
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Bone cancer
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Irritable hip syndrome

When should you see a hip doctor?

If you’re experiencing pain in or around your hip, you may wonder whether to go to the doctor. If you have any of the following symptoms, we recommend you make an appointment with your doctor or an orthopedic hip specialist.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have pain, stiffness, or discomfort in or around your hip that is making it difficult to perform everyday activities
  • You have been experiencing chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 12 weeks) in or around your hip that hasn’t improved with self-care
  • The range of motion in your hip (or hips) has decreased
  • You feel unstable while walking or standing
  • You cannot bear any weight
  • You have had a Soft Tissue Injury (STI), and it’s not improving after 48 hours. Soft tissue injuries involve damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • You notice obvious deformity
  • You have other symptoms along with your hip pain or stiffness, like fever, swelling, redness or warmth
  • You have sudden hip pain or intense swelling

Hip treatment options

Your orthopedic doctor will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that best addresses your condition or injury and takes your concerns and lifestyle into account. Treatment options will vary depending on what type of hip condition or injury you have, the severity of your symptoms and how they are impacting your life, the long-term prognosis of surgical repair versus non-surgical options, your preference and tolerance for different treatments, your age, and other factors.

Learn more about hip conditions and your potential treatment options.

Orthopedic experts trust us

Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital is a regional referral center for patients requiring more complex hip revision surgery for failed total joints, which means orthopedic specialists across the region trust the experts at Beaumont to care for their patients. Several of our hip surgeons have special training in joint preservation procedures designed to prevent progression of arthritic or congenital disease in the young adult. 

Connect with our orthopedic specialists 

At Beaumont, our orthopedic surgeons are breaking new ground and pioneering treatments that improve the lives of patients dealing with joint pain and other orthopedic condition. We have specialists in hand & wrist, hip & knee, spine, back, neck and more. Whether you’re seeking help with an existing condition, you would like a diagnosis, or you are looking for help with recovery and rehabilitation, Beaumont joint pain doctors can help. Beaumont has orthopedic specialists who offer the treatments and services you need.

Call us at 800-633-7377 to make an appointment, or request an appointment online.