Hip and Pelvic Pain Causes and Treatment Options

For hip pain treatment or pelvic pain treatment, the doctors at The Heilman Center have more experience and offer more treatment options than any other hip pain clinic in southeast Michigan. Learn about symptoms and causes and the treatment options offered by The Heilman Center that can be tailored to your unique hip and pelvic pain.

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Common Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain can be felt in a variety of places, on the outside of your hip, inside the hip joint, near your groin, or in your thigh or buttock region, depending on the cause. Specific information about your pain can help pain doctors accurately diagnose the source and create an effective treatment plan.

  • How does it feel?

Your hip pain may feel sharp and sudden, or achy, dull, and constant. Some patients report burning pain in their hip that becomes intense when pressed or touched.

  • When did it start?

If your hip or pelvic pain started with an injury or specific activity, be certain to tell your hip pain specialist about this event. It provides important clues.

  • What makes it worse?

Does your pain worsen when you try to bear weight on your hip and pelvic joints? Do you feel pain when you move after long periods of rest or during strenuous physical activities?

  • Do you have other symptoms?

Does your hip joint feel stiff or swollen in addition to being painful?. Do you notice a decreased range of motion, or the sensation that the hip is locking or catching when you move?

  • How long does it last?

Pain that is treated easily with ice or heat and over-the-counter medication may not require medical attention. But if the pain lasts for more than a week, or is keeping you up at night, it’s time to talk to a doctor.

Causes of Hip Pain

Treatment for hip pain depends on uncovering the source of the pain. Hip pain occurs at the joint where the thigh and pelvis meet. Pelvis pain may be located in the SI (sacroiliac) joint, where the hip meets the spine. Some common causes include:

  • Bursitis

Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the hip joint can lead to burning pain or soreness.

  • Tendinitis

Sore tendons in the hips or hamstrings can cause hip pain. Patients with hip joint tendinitis often feel dull, achy pelvic pain, and patients with hamstring tendinitis report soreness in the buttock.

  • Arthritis

Osteoarthritis results from damage to the cartilage around your hip joints. If you notice pain, redness, warmth, and swelling in the hip joint, it could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Injury

Ninety-five percent of hip injuries are caused by falling, according to the CDC. Some patients experience labral tears, which are injuries to the ring of cartilage surrounding the hip joint. Sprains and strains of ligaments and muscles may also cause pain after a fall.

Certain hip pain symptoms warrant immediate medical attention. See a doctor as soon as possible if:

  • You experience sudden hip pain and swelling after a fall, particularly if you have osteoporosis.
  • Your hip looks visibly deformed.
  • Your hip joint made a noticeable popping sound when the pain started.
  • Your hip is so painful that you can’t bear any weight on the joint.

Our Hip Pain Treatment Options

To diagnose and treat hip pain and provide chronic pelvic pain treatment, our pain specialists at our Ypsilanti, MI clinic may perform physical examinations, imaging studies, and other diagnostic procedures. These steps, along with the symptoms and causes you share with us help the pain specialist find the root cause of your pain and identify treatment options. Your pain specialist will explain your options and work with you to develop a customized plan to give you long-lasting relief.

Physical Therapy

Working with a physical therapist for hip pain treatment and pelvic pain treatment can strengthen muscles in your pelvic region around the hip joint to ease pain, improve your range of motion, and help reduce stiffness and swelling.


A supervised medication regimen can help with chronic hip and pelvic pain. Our specialists will recommend medications that treat symptoms with minimal side effects.

Interventional Treatments

When pain medication and physical therapy are not effective, interventional pain treatments can provide long-lasting relief without the side effects of pills. Common treatments include injections to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms while injured bone and soft tissue heal or radio frequency ablation to block nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Sometimes microsurgery is the best option for fast, effective pain relief. Our pain specialists use the latest surgical techniques to find and block nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain.  These procedures use local anesthetic, small incisions, and have short recovery times.

Talk to a Hip & Pelvic Pain Specialist

Regardless of the cause of your pain, the experienced pain specialists at the Heilman Center have several hip pain treatments that can provide hip and pelvic pain relief.

Our pain specialists, nursing staff, and physician assistants understand that your pain is unique to you. They will listen carefully to your pain story. The team works hard to reach a complete diagnosis so we can provide treatments that really work to set you free from your pain.

Call the Heilman Center at 734-725-2009 today to schedule a consultation with one of our hip pain specialists. We want to help you get back to doing what you love in life.