Hip pain can put a big dent in your active life, and greatly limit your mobility. While some people may opt for surgery, minimally invasive procedures that are also outpatient are available. These treatment can remove the pain that medications and other treatments cannot match.
- Hip Joint Injection
A hip joint injection is an injection placed into the joint of the hip at the point of pain.
Sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down the exact source of pain. This may lead to a test by the doctor who will inject some numbing medication on the suspected nerve. If it takes away the pain, then the doctor can be certain that the assumption was correct.
When a patient is ready to have a hip joint injection for pain, the patient will first receive some sedation medicine through an IV. This will be a light sedative to enable the patient to relax, unless the patient wants a general sedative. A local anesthetic will also be given to numb the area.
As the procedure begins, the doctor will use a fluoroscope to guide the needle to the right place.
Once the doctor reaches that place, a tiny amount of dye will be injected to ensure that it is the right place, and that the medication will not affect other nerves. Once that looks good, the doctor will then slowly inject a mixture of an anesthetic along with cortisone. The anesthetic will provide quick pain relief, and the cortisone is given to help reduce inflammation.
Once the procedure is completed, the patient will remain on the table for about another 20 minutes or so. Afterwards, the doctor will ask questions about what kind of pain relief the patient is currently experiencing. Patients should experience immediate pain relief, and then the benefit of the cortisone should help continue that relief after two or three days. The relief may be enjoyed for as long as several months.
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RF) of the Obturator and Femoral Nerves
Two of the four nerves in the hip area are the obturator and the femoral nerves. The nerve causing your pain will be determined through diagnostic testing. Once that has been determined, you can be prepared for minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation.
This procedure involves being lighted sedated to help you relax. Using a fluoroscope, the doctor will carefully guide a catheter toward the nerves. Once the exact location has been reached, a small amount of dye will be released to ensure that there are no other nerves nearby. Then the radiofrequency will be turned on and the catheter will heat up, temporarily destroying the nerves. This will stop the pain for as much as six months for most people, and longer for others. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes.
Contact the Lower Back Pain NY center for questions about available options for treating hip pain. A consultation will be needed first. Find out if you are a good candidate for these procedures and get started today on your journey toward a more pain-free life.