Hip Tendon Pain

What is it and how is it treated?

Hip pain can become very disruptive to your regular activities and overall quality of life. 

If you think you have hip tendon pain, the orthopedic hip specialists at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, can help. 

They offer expert diagnostic testing to identify the cause of your discomfort and personalized treatment programs to heal your hip joint.

What Causes Hip Tendon Pain?

Tendons are the thick bands of connective tissue that attach your muscles to your bones. You can injure the tendons in your hip through overuse and acute injuries. 

For example, many people develop hip tendonitis, an inflammatory repetitive use injury, when they suddenly increase the intensity and duration of their physical activity. 

Athletes and people with physically demanding careers are also prone to hip tendonitis because of the repetitive stress caused by their active lifestyles. 

For example, runners, cyclists, and weight lifters have a higher risk of getting hip tendon pain.

What Is Hip Flexor Tendonitis?

Hip flexor tendonitis is another term for hip tendonitis or iliopsoas tendonitis. It’s an inflammatory condition that usually develops gradually. 

Symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and tenderness become progressively more severe, eventually leading to limping, a reduced range of motion, and other mobility issues. 

You’re most likely to feel hip tendonitis pain in the front of your hip.

Hip tendonitis pain and stiffness are often worse first thing in the morning or after a long period of inactivity. Your pain may subside as you get moving and warm up, but it can intensify later in the day.

When Should I Talk to a Doctor About Hip Tendon Pain?

If you have mild hip pain, you can try to rest your joint and manage your pain at home with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine. 

However, if your pain continues or worsens despite your at-home care, you should make an appointment with the hip experts at OrthoNeuro.

The team performs physical exams and testing to evaluate your condition and confirm that a problem with the tendons in your hip is the root cause of your symptoms. 

During your exam, they assess your range of motion, flexibility, and joint stability.

Your doctor may also order an X-ray, CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or bone density screening to rule out other potential injuries or degenerative conditions.

What Are the Treatment Options for Hip Tendon Pain?

After confirming that your pain is due to hip tendonitis, your physician may recommend a combination of the following treatments to relieve your hip pain and restore your joint function:

Rest

Rest is critical to allowing your hip tendons to heal. You may need to take some time away from training or competing in sports or modify your activities to reduce the strain on your hips.

Medication

In addition to ice, you might benefit from over-the-counter or prescription-strength anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the inflammation and swelling in your hip tendons. 

In most cases, cortisone injections aren’t used to relieve hip tendon pain.

Physical Therapy

Your hip specialist may recommend physical therapy, including exercises, stretches, massage, and electrical stimulation to heal and restore your hip.

Orthotics

If your hip problems are due to your gait or a structural abnormality, your doctor may suggest orthotic shoe inserts to correct the biomechanical issue that exacerbates your pain.

Surgery

If non-surgical treatments don’t resolve your hip pain, your doctor may suggest surgery to repair your tendons and restore optimal circulation to your hip. 

The team offers minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery as well as traditional open surgeries.

How Long Does It Take for Hip Tendonitis to Heal?

Every patient recovers at their own pace. However, most patients heal within 4-6 weeks unless they need surgery. 

It takes much longer to recover from hip surgery, and you’ll need to complete extensive rehabilitation.

Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online if you have persistent hip pain that interferes with your life.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today! 

  • If you have been experiencing hip tendon pain, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Hip Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 
  • We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which treatment option is best for you. 
  • Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment. 
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Meet Our Hip Specialists

Ryan M. Palmer, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Mark E. Gittins, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael B. Cannone, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

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