LiveWell Pain Management
Nora Taha, MD
Physical Medicine & Pain Management located in Elmwood Park, NJ & Englewood, NJ
Almost 30% of American adults have hip osteoarthritis — and many others have hip pain for other reasons. At LiveWell Pain Management, Nora Taha, MD, sympathizes with the difficulties of chronic hip pain. She uses a personalized pain management strategy that encompasses alternative treatments like Acupuncture and effective minimally invasive procedures for complete hip pain relief. Call the Elmwood Park, New Jersey, office or request an appointment online today.
Hip Pain Q & A
What causes hip pain?
Hip pain may happen for many different reasons, but arthritis is the most common.
Osteoarthritis, which occurs as cartilage erodes at the ends of your bones, is a very common condition in people over 45. This leads to bone-to-bone contact and often causes hip stiffness, soreness, and pain.
Some of the other reasons you may have hip pain are:
- Cartilage (labral) tears
- Iliotibial band tendinitis
- Femoral acetabular impingement
In some cases, you may have hip pain because of an injury in another area. For example, if you strain your hamstring or quadriceps muscle in your upper leg, you could experience hip pain along with leg pain.
When should I seek pain management for hip pain?
You should always take hip pain seriously. If your hip pain makes standing, walking, or other regular physical movements difficult, or if you have occasional disruptive hip pain, see Dr. Taha at LiveWell Pain Management as soon as possible.
The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the better you can preserve your hip joint and prevent further damage and pain in the long run.
What can I expect from hip pain treatment?
At LiveWell Pain Management, Dr. Taha creates customized integrative pain management plans based on your underlying condition and your symptoms.
Dr. Taha commonly prescribes several different strategies, including physical therapy, alternative approaches, and minimally invasive interventional pain management procedures. You may have treatments such as:
For medical Acupuncture treatments, Dr. Taha gently slides ultra-fine needles into key points in and around your hip joint. Medical Acupuncture helps your body to release its own natural pain-killing chemicals and encourages the healing of damaged tissues.
Hip joint injections, which usually include a mix of corticosteroids and anesthetics, can relieve inflammatory damage and pain for as long as several months, perhaps longer. Regenerative medicine may help to provide more long-term pain relief and avoid surgery. COOLIEF Radiofrequency Ablation can also be used for both chronic hip pain and ongoing hip pain after total hip replacement.
If you have both back and hip pain and other treatments don't provide adequate relief, Dr. Taha may recommend options like spinal cord stimulation (SCS) or dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation.
As with all back pain management, physical therapy and a regular exercise program are usually an essential part of your recovery. Dr. Taha prescribes treatments that focus on healing and long-term wellness without narcotics and their harmful effects.
Call LiveWell Pain Management or request a hip pain appointment online today.