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Treating Hip Tendonitis

How do I treat hip tendonitis?

Since hip tendonitis is from the inflammation of the tendons, Houston Physicians’ Hospital patients can usually treat the condition from home. Giving the body time to rest is always a recommendation. Reusing the same tendons repeatedly is what onset hip tendonitis in the first place, so remember to rest the hip. Other painful symptoms may occur with hip tendonitis as well. Patients can experience swelling or burning pain from hip tendonitis problems. At-home treatment and rest can help heal tendonitis pain and the entire condition. We recommend the following at-home treatments:

  • Applying heat or ice to the sore hip tendons and muscles
  • Resting the hip muscles after working out or feeling pain
  • Sleeping with a pillow between the legs to keep pressure off the hip
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen

Fortunately, hip tendonitis can heal with rest and at-home treatment methods. In some cases, if patients continue using the swollen tendons and ignore the hip pain symptoms, tendonitis can evolve into a chronic condition.

What is I need further treatment for the tendonitis in my hip?

Hip tendonitis is a reversible condition. If chronic hip pain continues for months without any healing, this is the only time further treatment is necessary for tendonitis. Our hip specialists will recommend nonsurgical treatments or home care if it is a minor tendonitis diagnosis. Chronic hip tendonitis may require a total hip replacement. Hip replacement surgery is one of the last options that our physicians will consider.

If the hip joint and tendons suffer from disabling pain symptoms, total hip replacement may be a choice for Houston Physicians’ Hospital patients. Hip tendonitis that does not receive treatment can grow into a serious problem with other hip conditions as well. Some patients may start with minor hip tendonitis, but the pain and symptoms can later lead to osteoarthritis or snapping hip. Hip tendonitis along with other conditions have a lower chance of healing on their own. For patients suffering from several hip conditions, total knee replacement surgery is our recommendation.

Do I have to have surgery for my hip tendonitis?

When patients notice hip pain early on, they can treat their condition and even reverse the side effects. Hip tendonitis is a perfect example of chronic hip pain that can heal from nonsurgical treatment options. Physical therapy with stretching and routine exercises heal the tendons while relieving hip pain problems. Our physical therapists can track the patient’s progress and healing.

In more extreme cases, patients will also need physical therapy after their hip replacement surgery. Patients who receive a new hip will need to rebuild strength and learn how to walk again. The artificial hip will provide structure to the patient’s body, but it will require some initial rehabilitation. A Houston Physicians’ Hospital physical therapist can suggest routines and helpful exercise plans for hip tendonitis patients.