Your hip is where your thigh bone meets your pelvis and is one of the largest joints in your body. Because of its placement and size, your hip carries much of your body weight. Given the stress your hip endures on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that hip pain is a common complaint. Brian J. Fuller, MD, is a Harvard-trained, triple-board certified physician who specializes in the management of hip pain with the use of innovative techniques that focus on the underlying cause of the discomfort. To schedule an appointment at the Denver office, call Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians or request an appointment online.
Hip pain refers to any discomfort you experience in or around your hip. This large ball-and-socket joint is made up of bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and the pain you’re experiencing may involve one or more of those parts.
Dr. Fuller requests that when you come to Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians for an evaluation of your hip pain that you be as specific as possible about the type of pain you’re experiencing and the location. Pain on the inside of your hip or groin usually indicates a joint issue, while pain on the outside of the hip may be related to your soft tissue.
Your hip pain may have developed from a range of causes. The most common causes of joint discomfort include:
Although not as common as an injury or arthritis, hip pain can also develop from a type of cancer, such as leukemia or bone cancer.
Dr. Fuller is a compassionate and knowledgeable physician and conducts comprehensive examinations when you come in for a hip evaluation. The goal of your exam is to find the underlying cause of your hip pain so he can develop the most effective treatment.
During your evaluation, Dr. Fuller reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam. He may perform specific tests of your hip to assess strength, function, and range of motion.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, Dr. Fuller may request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Dr. Fuller is an experienced and proactive pain management physician who takes a hands-on approach to help you get relief.
Your hip pain treatment plan may include physical therapy and ultrasound, or fluoroscopically-guided joint and tendon injections. The type of injection you need may depend on the cause of your hip pain.
Dr. Fuller also specializes in regenerative medicine and offers both stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which he may include in your treatment plan to help heal your injured or damaged tissue.
For expert care of your hip pain from a compassionate physician, contact Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians by calling the office or using the online booking button today.