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Hip Pain Specialist

Hip pain is mainly caused by fractures in the hip bone or a medical condition called arthritis which are common in the elderly whose bones wear out due to age. Hip pain specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized management for hip pain in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

What is Hip Pain?

Hip pain, one of the common complaints, may not always be felt precisely over the hip joint rather in and around the hip joint. The cause for pain is multifactorial and the exact position of your hip pain suggests the probable cause or underlying condition causing it.

Causes of Hip Pain

Pain felt inside the hip joint or your groin area is more likely to be because of the problems within the hip joint. Likewise, the pain felt on the outer side of your hip, upper thigh or buttocks may be a result of the problems of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues surrounding the hip joint. However, certain disease conditions affecting other parts of your body such as lower back or knees also cause hip pain.

The main cause of sudden pain in the hip is an injury resulting in the fracture of the hip bone. Hip fractures are common in the elderly because the bones wear out as age advances. Other causes of hip pain may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Infection
  • Low back pain
  • Osteonecrosis of the hip
  • Sprains or strains
  • Tendinitis (tendon inflammation) resulting from repetitive use

When hip pain is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a hip pain specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with hip pain in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.

Diagnosis of Hip Pain

The diagnosis of hip pain is based on your medical history and a thorough physical examination of the hip and thigh region performed by Dr. Okoroha, and diagnostic tests including X-rays and other scans.

Treatments for Hip Pain

After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.

Self-care and pain-relieving anti-inflammatory medications offer symptomatic relief. However, the exact cause for the pain needs to be addressed. Practicing certain measures can avoid aggravation of pain and improve the quality of life. Avoiding physical activities that may worsen the pain, stretching the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, performing warm-up exercises before your actual exercise regimen can help improve your condition. Applying ice packs over the region for about 15 minutes, three to four times daily can reduce both pain and swelling. But if you have an injury with severe hip pain and swelling, talk to Dr. Okoroha immediately for better treatment outcomes.

If you have experienced hip pain, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic hip specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.