Ask the Doctors: Jan. 28, 2011

Q: I have had persistent pain in my hip area for months. I have tried stretching, exercise, physical therapy and nothing seems to work. Is there anything else I can do?

A: It is not uncommon for people to suffer with hip pain for many months or even years before the actual diagnosis is established. A common cause of hip pain is tearing of the cartilage lining of the hip socket or pinching and rubbing of tissue in the hip joint. Pain in getting up from a seated position or while standing for prolonged periods of time—or even getting in or out of a car or off a bike—can be suggestive of damage in the hip joint. Pain during intimacy can also be a sign of problems in the hip. Persistent hip pain or groin pain should not be ignored, as it can lead to early degeneration and long-term problems in the hip joint. It is certainly something worth having evaluated by a physician who is well versed in problems related to the hip.

HymanJon Hyman, MD
Medical Director, Center for Hip Arthroscopy, Emory Adventist Hospital

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