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Medical Care for Hip Pain: Choosing Your Doctor

For patients who do not require surgery (or those looking for ways to avoid surgery), Physiatrists offer a number of conservative, minimally invasive treatments for hip pain. Physiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on disorders of the nerves, muscles, and bones of the body. Treatment goals center on managing pain while increasing functioning through rehabilitation.

Hip pain becomes a serious problem that requires medical attention when any of the following symptoms are present:

• Hip pain is experienced for more than a few days and does not resolve on its own;

• Walking becomes uncomfortable or painful;

• Bending of the hip is restricted;

• There is swelling/inflammation in the hip or thigh;

• Hip pain occurs when the body is at rest; and/or

• An infection causing fever and redness is apparent.

After a full diagnosis has been completed, a Physiatrist will develop a comprehensive plan to reduce pain and increase functioning. The diagnostic process also allows the doctor to rule out any serious medical concerns and determine the cause of hip pain.

Rehabilitative practices for hip pain may include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, or chiropractic care. Because Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers all of these modalities, our Medical Director acts as the head of a team of practitioners to help hip pain sufferers reduce pain and increase mobility.