“Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover, and to make progress.”
Treating Hip Pain with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and Prolotherapy
Causes of Hip Pain
Hip joint pain may feel like it’s coming from your thigh, groin, or back. You may see a reduced range of motion and start limping as the pain persists.
Conditions that cause hip pain include:
- Strained muscles and tendons: Certain awkward or sudden movements can strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the hip. Once inflamed, they can cause pain and prevent the hip from working normally.
- Tendinitis: Tendons are bands of strong, thick tissue connecting bones to muscles. These tendons can become inflamed or irritated after repetitive stress or overuse. Tendinitis can cause intense pain.
- Bursitis: Liquid-filled cushions called bursae make sure bones, muscles, and tendons don’t rub together when we move. The lubricating function of bursae may get overwhelmed and inflamed by repetitive motions that overstrain or abuse these normally tough tissues.
- Hip labral tear: In the hip’s ball-and-socket joint, the cartilage lining the socket extends a thin lip (labrum) beyond the bone portion of the socket that helps hold the ball in place. People who do repetitive twisting motions may tear that thin ring of cartilage; those tears can be very painful.
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis is a common cause of hip pain that gets worse over time. Cartilage, the tough, resilient tissue that forms the slippery bearing surfaces lining our joints, gets inflamed and eroded by arthritis, and eventually, joint contact surfaces are bone-on-bone.
- Hip fractures: We typically break the neck of the femur that supports the ball portion (femur) of your ball-and-socket hip joint. Fractures are often caused by falls and crashes; hip bones are also vulnerable to osteoporosis, obesity and aging: bones lose strength and density as we get older.
- Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis): When blood flow to the ball (femur head) is impaired, the bone tissue sometimes dies. This can be caused by accidents that damage the bone’s blood supply, and by long-term use of alcohol or steroids (cortisone or prednisone).
Regenerative Treatments for Hip Pain: Prolotherapy, PRP and Stem-cell Therapy
Regenerative treatments can prevent and reverse joint degeneration, and earlier is better. When your arthritis is advanced, prolotherapy, PRP and stem-cell treatments can still help with pain or even restore your hip joint’s structure and function. Most people suffer too long with hip pain before they take action. Many hip problems are degenerative, so it makes sense to have your hip(s) evaluated when pain persists more than a couple of months, if your hip is swollen, red or warm, or if you have hip pain when resting or at night.
Get medical help right away if the hip pain came on suddenly from a fall or other injury, if it’s intense, if you heard a pop in the joint when you injured it, if you can’t put weight on it, or if you can’t move your leg or hip.
No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.