The hip joint is the second largest weight-bearing joint in the body, after the knee. It is a “ball and socket” joint, with the ball of the thigh bone fitting into the socket of the pelvis. A strong and very stable joint, it is meant to carry us through a lifetime; but sudden injury, a very active lifestyle, or a lifetime of wear and tear can take its toll.
Because symptoms related to lower back problems can often be confused for hip pain, a careful and thorough examination is required for a proper diagnosis. Dr. Thomas always takes the time to listen to his patients and to understand their pain, which in turn allows him to make an accurate diagnosis.
It’s hard to keep moving if your hip hurts. Dr. Thomas is extensively trained and experienced in the most technologically advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment of hip problems. (See his article “Is Hip Arthroscopy Right for You?”) Under his expert and personalized care and guidance, you can reclaim your life, and once again enjoy your favorite activities.
When to See a Doctor
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office for a consultation:
Chronic pain in the hip, typically with certain types of movement, twisting or rotating
- Pain in the groin
- Catching or popping sensation
- Sudden sharp pain during strenuous activity
It is best not to ignore chronic pain; the sooner you are seen by a doctor, the sooner you can begin a course of treatment that will bring relief and prevent further damage.