Pain Physicians of Indiana
Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Merrillville, IN
Your hips play an important role in your movements and functions, and hip pain can be debilitating and hamper your ability to perform your daily tasks. At the Pain Physicians of Indiana, P.C., in Merrillville, Indiana, interventional pain physician Tarek H. Shahbandar, MD, knows that your hip pain might be attributed to an underlying condition like inflammation, arthritis, or degenerative disease. Dr. Shahbandar utilizes modern diagnostic testing methods and offers a variety of effective treatment options to reduce risks, relieve pain, and help prevent tissue and bone damage. To book your appointment, click or call today.
Hip Pain Q & A
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain is discomfort, pain, or inflammation coming from your pelvic area. Your hips and pelvic area are complex and include ligaments, bone, muscles, cartilage, and tendons. Hip pain is often related to arthritis or arthralgia — pain or inflammation from within the joint that radiates throughout that surrounding general area.
Hip pain can range from mild to severe and get in the way of proper function and movement. Possible causes of hip pain include:
- Inflammatory and arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
- Bone cancer
- Broken or fractured bone
- Sprains and strains
- Trauma or injury to the joint
In more severe cases, bone cancer or a broken bone might be the cause of hip pain.
When should I see a doctor about my hip pain?
Hip pain isn’t typically an emergency, and many cases can be managed at home. Most men and women value assistance and knowledge from a qualified interventional pain physician like Dr. Tarek Shahbandar.
If your hip pain impedes your daily life, Dr. Shahbandar can figure out the cause and manage and relieve your pain with a number of innovative treatment methods, such as anti-inflammatory medications and sacroiliac joint injections.
What are the treatments for hip pain?
Dr. Shahbandar determines the cause of your hip pain with diagnostic testing, such as blood work, a physical exam, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or X-rays. Depending on the cause and severity of your hip pain, preferences, and current health, Dr. Shahbandar might suggest one or more of the following treatments:
- Lifestyle modifications, such as exercise, stretches, and a nutrient-dense diet
- Spinal stimulation
- Epidural steroid injections
- Selective nerve root blocks
- Radiofrequency neurotomy
- Intrathecal pump
- Limited use of medications when needed, such as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers
Dr. Shahbandar provides sacroiliac joint (SI) injections. With an SI joint injection, Dr. Shahbandar numbs the area around the joint with an injection of local anesthesia and uses X-rays and a fluoroscopy dye that helps him guide the injection to deliver the medicine more precisely to the source of your pain.
The medication used is usually either an anti-inflammatory like a corticosteroid or local anesthesia, such as lidocaine. SI joint injections can diminish your pain for a few weeks to a few months.
Take care of your hips and musculoskeletal system and call the Pain Physicians of Indiana, P.C., office or book an appointment online today.