Hip Pain and Common Causes [Video]

Ask the Expert: Hip Video Series

About the video: What are the most common causes of hip pain?

Hear from our experts Brent Warner, M.D. and Jerome Perra, M.D. explain the most common causes of hip discomfort.

Meet Dr. Brent Warner

Dr. Warner’s approach: “As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”

Dr. Warner’s education: Dr. Warner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed his medical doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and his residency took place at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. For advanced fellowship training, he attended the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.

Meet the Expert: Jerome Perra, M.D.

Dr. Perra’s approach: “My goal is always to return the patient to his or her highest level of function, and to individualize post-operative and rehabilitation expectations.”

Dr. Perra’s background: Dr. Perra earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and he went on to complete his medical studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His Orthopedic Surgery residency took place at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

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Video Transcription

One of the big things that we as physicians do when somebody presents for hip pain is we try to really define where that hip pain is and how the patient experiences it, because pain around the hip can come from a lot of different locations. For example, most classically, pain that is coming from the inside of the hip joint itself – so that might be a labral tear or arthritis – would be deep-seated anterior, almost groin-like pain. Whereas pain that’s on the outside of the hip is usually something else entirely. These problems can be an inflamed bursa on the side of their hip or inflamed tendons on the side of the hip that balance your hip. These tendons are kind of like the rotator cup of the hip. They support your pelvis; they work when you walk. If they get inflamed or even break down or tear, they can cause hip pain. Or other times, people will come in talking about hip pain and really they mean pain kind of in the back, in their buttock area. And many times that can be related to the sciatic nerve or issues with their low back or something going on with their pelvis. And so a big part of what I do in the office when somebody presents with a complaint of hip pain is trying to better define which of those various things might really be at play and then trying to figure out how best to treat that.

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