Hip pain treatment
Wear and tear
Arthritis can lead to not only physical pain but also to deformities. The hip is a ball and socket joint and certain diseases can develop “wear and tear” of the cartilage on the surface of that ball and socket. Diseases such as Osteoarthritis, Avascular necrosis can leave people to develop bone on bone contact in that ball and socket joint of the Hip which can be a very painful condition. Hip conditions are difficult to deal with and traditionally requires long-term pain management.
An injection to the hip joint is performed for pain interior groin osteoarthritis of the hip joint. X-ray guidance is used for this procedure in order to confirm correct placement in the hip joint. This can be a very effective treatment to decrease pain, but not without some risks.
Hip treatment process
The Femoral artery will be marked on skin to stay lateral of the artery throughout the procedure. A sterile technique to clean the patient is done. An X-ray guidance to guide the needle into the hip joint. Numbing medication applied superficially will feel like a bee sting which patients often say that this is the worst part.
Once the needle has reached the hip joint itself, we will contrast dye and spreads out the hip joint. The medication includes the steroid and numbing medication. The medication will also lower inflammation. The entire procedure should take only 10-15 minutes.
Post treatment effect
The numbing medication may cause significant improvement of the symptoms almost immediately after the procedure. This will wear off later by the day. The steroid can take several days up to a week or two weeks to work.
Ice it and be patient
Don’t be surprised if it feels worst the next couple days. Ice can be used through the day if muscle soreness is experienced. A follow up after 2 weeks is required which by then the full effect should take place.