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Hip Pain

Older Woman WalkingA hip normally produces years of pain-free movement thanks to cushioning cartilage. With age and use, the cartilage and other hip structures can wear down or succumb to damage and cause problems from slight discomfort to a lack of mobility.

Hip problems can feel like knee problems as pain appears not in the source but in another area of the body. Beaufort Memorial’s experienced, board-certified orthopaedic specialists offer treatments that can ease pain and boost mobility.

Causes of Hip Pain

  • Arthritis and Inflammatory Joint Disease
  • Fractures
  • Muscle Strain
  • Tendon injury or inflammation

Hip Pain Relief

Different types of hip pain reveal likely causes. Pain while resting can mean a less severe problem unless the pain awakens you. Pain when moving a hip or leg can signal injury or inflammation. Pain during weight bearing activities may indicate a bone or joint problem. Never ignore sharp or shooting pain; speak to your physician.

Simple changes such as rest, medication, injections, icing or non-weight bearing exercise can provide relief. In some cases, surgery may provide greater relief and improve mobility. Always see a physician if you have persistent hip or joint pain.

Healthy Hip Tips

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Skip high-impact activities
  • Enjoy swimming and water-based activities
  • Don’t ignore pain

Experiencing hip pain? Don’t ignore pain especially if it limits daily activities. Contact your physician for a referral to a specialist or schedule a visit with an orthopaedic specialist. To learn more about joint pain and treatment options, RSVP for a monthly Joint Replacement Informational Session by calling 843.522.5585.

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