There are many treatment options available for hip pain and today, there is no reason for any patient to live with chronic hip pain. If the patient’s hip pain is mild to moderate, it is likely that the doctor will prescribe pain killers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs along with rest. Physiotherapy is also an effective treatment option for some patients. Light, low impact exercises under the guidance of a licensed practitioner often helps alleviate hip pain and improve joint function.
Hip replacement surgery may be a viable option for an osteoarthritis or AVN patient who is facing chronic moderate to severe pain, limiting his/her mobility. There are other surgical options as well such as hip arthroscopy, partial hip replacement and osteotomy depending on the severity of the condition. It is essential to consult a doctor and discuss the patient’s symptoms in detail to chart a course forward.