Hip problems can be categorized as one of three things and we diagnose and treat all of them:
Common causes for pain in the actual ball-socket joint of the hip are:
Arthritis such as osteoarthritis – We treat osteoarthritis, which is no longer thought of as simple “wear and tear.”
Labral tears and other impingement problems – Sometimes the fit between the ball and socket is imperfect or the ball (femoral head) does not move right within its socket (acetabulum). This can be treated with physical therapy and/or surgery, and if surgery is to be avoided we can discuss regenerative medicine, which we provide
Inflammation, effusion fluid, and synovitis – The key to these symptoms is that they are in fact symptoms, not the diagnosis. The challenge is for us to figure out the underlying cause so we can treat correctly.