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Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)

This is an irritation or swelling of the trochanteric bursa. This small, fluid-filled sac is found on the outer side of the femur. It acts as a cushion for the iliotibial band, a thick tendon in your leg.



Labral Tear of the Hip (Acetabular Labrum Tear)

If your hip joint hurts, or if it catches or clicks when you move your leg, you may have a torn labrum. That's a rim of tissue that surrounds the hip's socket. It helps to deepen the socket and cushion the joint. A torn labrum can keep the hip joint from working smoothly.



Osteoarthritis of the Hip

This type of arthritis, also called "degenerative joint disease," is a breakdown of the cartilage in your hip joint. As this protective cartilage wears away, bone rubs against bone. Bony growths called "bone spurs" may form in the joint. Pain from osteoarthritis can keep you from being as active as you like.



At Tidewater Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained hip doctors are experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating hip injuries and conditions.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint connecting the head of the femur (upper thigh bone) to the bones that make up the pelvis.

Hip pain can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a progressive condition that has developed over time, such as bursitis and arthritis, to an acute injury, such as a fracture or dislocation.

If left untreated, cases involving inflammatory or degenerative diseases, like hip bursitis and hip osteoarthritis, can cause severe pain and immobility, and surgery may be introduced as a viable option for relieving pain and restoring mobility.

While hip pain can be the result of trauma or acute injury, it most commonly arises in conjunction with an orthopaedic condition that has developed over time.

It may be time to seek treatment from a hip specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hip pain:

  • Joint pain felt in the front of the hip, along the outside of the hip, in the groin, or over the buttock area
  • Discomfort and swelling in the thigh and knee
  • Joint inflammation or muscle spasms in the hip (especially if causing fluid buildup in the hip joint)
  • Inability to walk without pain
  • Inability to bend or rotate the hip without pain
  • Soreness or a throbbing sensation while sleeping or resting
  • Limping or the inability to walk comfortably on the affected side

Additionally, if you develop a fever or the area on or around your hip becomes red or warm, seek immediate treatment, as these are signs of an infection.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you could be suffering from a hip condition, such as osteoarthritis or bursitis, or an acute injury, such as a fracture, dislocation, or labral tear. It is important that you listen to your body’s cues. Disregarding these symptoms can allow your condition to worsen, exacerbate pain, and potentially, necessitate a more invasive course of treatment.

At Tidewater Orthopaedics, we know that hip pain can be extremely uncomfortable, debilitating, and disruptive to your active lifestyle. Our hip doctors understand that a prompt and accurate diagnosis is crucial to determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.

The Tidewater Orthopaedics hip doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a hip doctor at Tidewater Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online or call (757) 827-2480.

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Why choose Tidewater Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the hip, our esteemed hip specialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating hip injuries and conditions.

Our hip doctors, Dr. Michael Higgins, Dr. Colin Kingston, and Dr. John McCarthy III, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your hip injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a Tidewater Orthopaedics hip doctor, please request an appointment online or call (757) 827-2480.