Hip Pain Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Your hip joint is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body, allowing your legs an incredible range of motion. But when hip pain strikes, it can severely limit your mobility. At Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine, Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD understands the cascading effect hip pain can have and works with you to find a solution as quickly as possible. If you’re in Williamsville, New York and you’re experiencing hip pain, don’t hesitate to call or use the online scheduling form to book an appointment.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the hip?

Your hip is a large ball-and-socket joint where your femur joins your pelvis. A host of other players help your hip function properly. These include:

  • Cartilage, which provides a smooth surface that allows your bones to glide together
  • Ligaments, which attach bones to bones
  • Tendons, which attach muscles to bones
  • Muscles
  • Bursa sacs, which provide cushioning between bones
  • Synovial membrane, which surrounds your joint and contains fluid for easy movement

Your hips are hardworking, which makes sense given that they’re primarily responsible for your mobility. This also means that they’re under a fair amount of stress and vulnerable to problems that result in hip pain.

What are the most common causes of hip pain?

Many conditions or injuries can wreak havoc on your hips, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoporosis

The incidence of many of the conditions mentioned above tends to increase as you age (after years of repetitive stresses). Your hips, as with every other joint in your body, begin to succumb to wear and tear, which leaves them more prone to injury. It also means that degenerative conditions can take hold, causing considerable pain and mobility issues.

How is hip pain treated?

At the first sign of hip pain, you should make an appointment with Dr. Geraci. When it comes to your musculoskeletal system, early intervention can mean the difference between a noninvasive treatment or a more aggressive surgical option.

Dr. Geraci always prefers to find an option that helps you heal quickly, without undergoing the risks of surgery. To that end, he takes a holistic view, performing a functional evaluation of your core and individual strength. He then turns to numerous treatments, often in combination, that address the inflammation and pain while strengthening your hip. These treatments include:

  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Manual medicine
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy
  • Prescription medications, only when needed
  • At-home exercises

If your hip pain is persistent, Dr. Geraci refers you to a specialist for surgery. When this is the case, he offers full postoperative therapy to get you back up on your feet and moving about again as quickly as possible.

If hip pain is keeping you from enjoying your life, call Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine.