Hip Pain & Treatment

Common Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain can severely limit daily activity and diminish quality of life. The most common causes of hip pain are:

  • Arthritis – usually osteoarthritis but, more rarely, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Referred pain – such as a problem in the back that is affecting the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the hip

Getting to the Root Cause of Hip Pain

There are many causes of hip pain, not all of them originating in the hip. Since the proper treatment will depend on the root cause, take these steps to make sure an accurate diagnosis is made.

  • See your family doctor.
  • Attend a hip pain seminar to learn about diagnosis and treatment methods. Click here to see if any hip pain seminars are currently being offered at MyMichigan.
  • Your family doctor may refer you to an orthopedic specialist, or you may make an appointment to see one of our orthopedic specialists directly.

Diagnostic Testing

Your family doctor or orthopedic specialist may use some or all of the following evaluation methods to arrive at a diagnosis.

  • Physical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Blood test for rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment Options

Typically, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments.

  • Medication – typically oral anti-inflammatories
  • Activity modification or rest
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical or occupational therapy – MyMichigan Health offers comprehensive rehabilitation services at several convenient locations. Ask your doctor about a referral to our services.
  • Assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and similar devices.
  • Weight management


Hip replacement – If your condition warrants a hip replacement, MyMichigan offers a special surgical program called Joint Camp that provides faster recovery, higher patient satisfaction, lower risk of infection and improved outcomes, compared to traditional surgery. Joint Camp is available at our Medical Centers in Alma and Midland.

Learn more about Joint Camp

Managing Joint Pain

Your joints endure an incredible amount of stress each day. They connect your bones, support your weight and above all, allow you to move. Though your joints are designed to cope with all of stresses you place on them, sometimes they suffer from wear and tear. Unfortunately, the result is mild to severe joint pain. You can take comfort in knowing that managing joint pain or evening preventing it may be easier than you might think. MidMichigan Health Physical Therapist Jennifer Root P.T., D.P.T., provides an overview of the causes and types of joint pain and how to manage it.

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