When to See a Hip Specialist
Hip injuries, hip disorders, and hip arthritis can result in severe hip pain that can only be alleviated with professional medical attention. You may need to see a hip specialist if you:
- Feel hip pain with weight-bearing, turning your leg, or sitting
- Are unable to bear any weight on your leg
- Are unable to move your leg or hip
- Feel a “catching” sensation and pain when you move your hip
- Notice your hip joint looks deformed
- Cannot be active or participate in activities you enjoy because of your hip pain
Visit Duke Orthopaedics Urgent Care
Our orthopaedic urgent care clinics throughout the Triangle provide expert care for hip pain and injuries and can refer you to a Duke orthopaedic specialist for follow-up care. These clinics are open seven days a week, and you don't need an appointment. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness.
Diagnosing and Treating Your Hip Pain
A physical examination of your hip to see how it moves and one or more of the following tests will help Duke hip specialists diagnose the cause of your hip pain.
- X-rays, MRI, and CT scans: May be used to identify complex problems in your hip joint.
- Arthrograms: Involve injecting dye in the hip joint to enhance MRI images; this better enables us to pinpoint your diagnosis.
- Hip joint injections: Can be used to identify the source of your hip pain.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
Nonsurgical treatments may help you achieve pain relief. These can include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
- Weight management
If you have osteoarthritis of the hip, you may benefit from our Joint Health Program.
Our specialists may recommend hip surgery if your hip pain or injury is severe, or if nonsurgical options haven’t been effective. Surgical approaches include: