Hip Pain and Disorders

From osteoporosis to congenital hip conditions, a number of disorders can cause hip pain (arthralgia).

No matter what the cause, the orthopaedic specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are experts at evaluating and treating hip pain. In cases where conservative, nonsurgical therapies fail to relieve hip pain, our skilled orthopaedic surgeons offer a range of evidence-based procedures to treat its underlying cause.

Symptoms

Depending upon its source, hip pain can range from a dull ache to an intense burning, throbbing, or grinding sensation. Whether it’s intermittent or continual, mild or severe, painful hip disorders can limit mobility and affect quality of life.

Conditions that can cause hip pain include:

  • Degenerative hip disease
  • Arthritis
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Bursitis
  • Snapping hip syndrome 
  • Pinched nerve
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Avascular bone necrosis
  • Malunions and nonunions of prior fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Paget’s disease

Diagnosis

UT Southwestern’s orthopaedics team uses a variety of techniques and technologies to diagnose the underlying source of hip pain.

Depending on the patient’s history and symptoms, these might include arthroscopy, X-rays, arthograms (X-rays of the joints), computed tomography (CT), nerve-root blocks, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treatment

Specialized orthopaedic surgeons at UT Southwestern perform a number of procedures aimed at treating painful hip conditions that have not responded well to conservative therapies such as medication and physical medicine and rehabilitation

These surgeries include both minimally invasive and traditional “open” procedures, such as:

  • Resection
  • Revision joint surgery
  • Synovectomy
  • Bone grafting
  • Core decompression
  • Metal-on-metal resurfacing

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and nurses provides comprehensive postoperative care to patients who have undergone hip surgery.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.

Hip Surgeons Specializing in Hip Pain and Disorders