Sports Hip and Thigh Injury

When a sports-related hip or thigh injury sidelines you, our experienced sports medicine specialists can get you back to your busy lifestyle, quickly and with minimal pain.

Multidisciplinary, Experienced Care

At UT Southwestern, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating sports hip and thigh injuries and disorders. Our goal is to help you return to the sport or activity you love, as quickly and safely as possible.

Orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, nutritionists, psychologists, and other health care providers work together to create the most comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

We treat a high volume of patients with a wide range of problems, so you can rely on an intense depth of experience to treat your hip or thigh injuries. We treat all types of patients – professional athletes, varsity and collegiate athletes, and highly competitive amateurs.

Our orthopaedic surgeons are trusted by athletes throughout the community. We serve as the team physicians for a number of organizations, including the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.

Conditions

Our orthopaedic specialists treat the following sports-related hip and thigh injuries and disorders:

  • Hip strains
  • Hip bursitis (trochanteric bursitis)
  • Hamstring muscle strain
  • Muscle strains in the thigh
  • Snapping hip syndrom (repetitive movement of the hip)
  • Hip stress fracture
  • Hip labral tear

Symptoms

Thigh
Symptoms of a sports-related thigh injury or disorder, such as a hamstring strain or thigh sprain, include a sudden sharp pain in the thigh during fast movement. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may develop swelling for the first few hours after injury, bruising below the knee, or weakness and instability in your hamstring.
Hip
Hip injuries or disorders may cause sharp pain over the injured muscle or at the point of the hip. After time, the hip pain may become an ache that spreads across the hip. Other symptoms include hip pain that worsens when lying on the injured hip or when doing certain activities like walking, stair climbing, or getting in and out of a chair.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing hip and thigh injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history and physical examination.

Often, an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan may be needed to examine the severity of the injury and to rule out a possible fracture.

Arthroscopes, tiny instruments with lighting and magnifying capabilities, are sometimes used to get a better look at the injury and determine a treatment plan.

Treatments

Our specialists will find the best treatment plan for your injuries that also meets your lifestyle. Our doctors are skilled at discerning when nonsurgical treatments will heal the injury or when surgery is the best course of treatment.

Nonsurgical treatments

Most hip and thigh injuries are treated with a combination of rest, ice, analgesics, therapy exercises, and manual therapy. Our doctors may outfit you with compression sleeves, braces, or assistive devices.

Other advanced nonsurgical treatments we offer include:

  • Ultrasound-guided steroid injections
  • Prolotherapy – a procedure in which weinject certain compounds at the injury site to stimulate a healing response
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which involves injecting a super-concentrated compound made up of your own platelets; the platelets jump-start the tissue healing process  
  • Hyaluronic acid injections – injections of natural substances in the joints that aid healing and cushioning
  • Shock wave therapy – therapy using high-energy sound waves that break up scar tissue in an injury and promote recovery

Surgical Repair Options

When surgery is needed to heal a sports-related hip or thigh injury or disorder, our surgeons have the experience and skills necessary to perform advanced surgical treatments. In fact, our surgeons are among a handful of orthopaedic surgeons in North Texas who offer minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery.

Surgeries we offer include:

  • Cartilage restoration procedures
  • Joint preservation and reconstruction
  • Mini-open repair techniques
  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Open surgical repair techniques

Following surgery, patients undergo further physical therapy and rehabilitation to make sure that the injury is healing properly and that full motion is restored to the hip and thigh.

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.