Gautam Siram, MD Orthopedic Joint Specialist located in Chevy Chase, MD
Your hip is a large and complex joint that forms the connection between your femur’s ball joint and your pelvis’s socket joint. Hip pain is common and may arise from any number of causes. Gautam Siram, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic joint surgeon. Dr. Siram and the team use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat hip pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
What is hip pain?
Hip pain refers to any discomfort you feel in or around your hip. It’s a common pain complaint that may develop from any number of causes.
The location of your hip pain may help determine the underlying cause of your discomfort. Hip or groin pain may indicate problems with the joint itself, while pain outside the hip may indicate a problem with the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that support your hip joint.
Dr. Siram is an experienced orthopedic joint surgeon and can help find your pain source so you get the most effective treatment.
What causes hip pain?
You may develop hip pain for many reasons, such as an acute injury or general wear-and-tear of the joint that occurs over time.
Common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip labral tear
- Sprain or strain
- Hip fracture
- Femoral acetabular impingement
If you develop hip pain after hip replacement surgery, it may indicate hip replacement failure. Dr. Siram specializes in hip revision surgery and can provide the care you need.
What happens during a hip pain evaluation?
Dr. Siram is an experienced orthopedic joint surgeon and conducts in-depth clinical exams when you come in with complaints of hip pain. The evaluation aims to find the root cause of your pain so that Dr. Siram can design a targeted treatment plan.
During your evaluation, Dr. Siram asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type and location of your pain and the activities that make your pain worse or better. He then examines your hip to assess mobility, strength, and range of motion.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, Dr. Siram requests diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
How is hip pain treated?
Treatment for your hip pain depends on the underlying cause. Initially, Dr. Siram may take a conservative approach to relieve your pain, which may include:
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Joint injections
- Physical therapy
- Use of assistive devices
If conservative measures fail to alleviate your hip pain or you have severe hip damage, Dr. Siram may recommend hip replacement surgery. He customizes hip replacement surgical plans and uses advanced tools and techniques to ensure you get the best outcomes.
Don’t let your hip pain keep you from doing the things you love. Schedule a consultation at Gautam Siram, MD by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.