Hip Pain Treatment | Charleston SC


Your hip joint is made to withstand wear and tear along with repeated motion. The ball-and-socket joint is the body’s largest and is constructed to allow fluid movement. When you use your hip (like when you’re running), there is a cushion of cartilage that helps prevent friction while your hip bone moves around in the socket.

Although it’s durable, the hip joint is destructible. As you age and continue to use your hip joint, the cartilage will wear down and can become damaged. Your muscles and tendons inside your hip can become overused and may fracture your hip bone if you fall. These conditions may lead to hip pain.


Several conditions can cause hip pain, and your hip pain symptoms may include discomfort in your:

  • Groin
  • Thigh
  • Buttocks
  • Inside Your Hip Joint
  • Outside Your Hip Joint

At times, the pain from various areas of your body, like your back or groin (due to a hernia), can project to your hip.

You may notice that the pain worsens with activity, particularly if the pain is caused by arthritis. In addition to the pain, you might experience a reduced range of motion. Some people develop a limp due to persistent hip pain.


If the hip pain is being caused by a tendon strain or muscle, tendinitis, or osteoarthritis, relief is usually treated by over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication like Aleve or Motrin.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatments may include a prescription anti-inflammatory medication like DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs), or corticosteroids like sulfasalazine and methotrexate.

You can also relieve hip pain by holding ice directly in the area for approximately 15 minutes several times a day. It is essential to rest the affected joint as much as you can until it feels better.

Low-impact exercises, resistance training, and stretching, the hip joint can reduce pain and improve mobility when you have arthritis. Swimming is an excellent non-impact exercise that helps increase your range of motion and is often recommended by medical professionals.

If your osteoarthritis pain becomes severe, or your hip joint has a deformity, you may want to consider arthroplasty (total hip replacement). Hip fractures sometimes require surgery in order to replace the hip or fix the fracture.

If you have hip pain, contact us if you see redness, swelling, or feel a warmth around the joint. Especially if you feel hip pain when you’re resting or at night.


Non-Surgical Spine Center is home to the foremost leading back pain specialists in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Dr. Robert Alexander combines a variety of treatment techniques to help you maintain a healthy spine. When you come to the Non-Surgical Spine Center, we initially perform a thorough evaluation for each injury and condition you are struggling with to make sure we understand the cause of your pain and how it is impacting your lifestyle.


Non-Surgical Spine Center works with many local insurance companies. We will be happy to call your insurance company to verify your insurance benefits prior to your initial treatment. Please call our office for more information!