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Hip pain -- what type of doctor do I go see?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 9, 2007
  • 01:51 PM

The typical answer for a lot of things is, "go see a doctor." Problem for me is, I'm not sure who to see. I've gone and seen an orthopedic physician for knee problems, etc. What in the case of the hips? Do they still work, or do I really need to go to a generic doctor in a clinic first? Or someone else? If regular medical treatments didn't have such a frustratingly long wait time (seems like you're stuck in the doc's office for at least two hours after your appointment's time before he even sees you) I wouldn't have a problem going around to all of them, but...

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  • Have you seen a physio about all these problems? May have more chance of pointing you in the right direction of what specialist you need.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I saw an orthopedist for my hip.
    eviljay 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I saw one of those once and ended up threatening to rip a certain part of his anatomy off :eek: He diagnosed me as a perfectly healthy young lady. That was after a lot of rudeness on his behalf and he had popped my hip out of it's socket and told me it did not hurt - hence the threat - Several years later I was finally seen by a rheumatologist who could tell as soon as he saw me I had Ehlers Danlos syndrome and diagnosed that day. A decent physio may help with your hip problem themselves or suggest what type of specialist you could see besides an orphosod :D
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you considered trying acupuncture or chiropractic to help with you pain? I guarantee you will not have to wait very long, and it may offer you some real relief. Of course, you can still go to a physio or ortho to get your diagnosis. Acupuncture is really great for all kinds of pain disorders and I have treated hip pain in my clinic. Please visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you - they have listings all over the world. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • The typical answer for a lot of things is, "go see a doctor." Problem for me is, I'm not sure who to see. I've gone and seen an orthopedic physician for knee problems, etc. What in the case of the hips? Do they still work, or do I really need to go to a generic doctor in a clinic first? Or someone else? If regular medical treatments didn't have such a frustratingly long wait time (seems like you're stuck in the doc's office for at least two hours after your appointment's time before he even sees you) I wouldn't have a problem going around to all of them, but...I am a Physical Therapist, so I should be able to direct you.Firstly, you should research Orthopedists in the area. ONLY GO TO A HIP SPECIALIST. If you go to an Ortho Doctor who usually only sees shoulders, he will not be able to help you much. Check on the Ortho Doctor's website and see if he is Board Certified and Fellowship Trained in injuries to the Hip. All credible Ortho Docs will have their certifications posted. Or you can call your local Orthopedist group and ask if they have a Hip Specialist. If they don't, ask if there is one that they refer to. I hope this help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • The typical answer for a lot of things is, "go see a doctor." Problem for me is, I'm not sure who to see. I've gone and seen an orthopedic physician for knee problems, etc. What in the case of the hips? Do they still work, or do I really need to go to a generic doctor in a clinic first? Or someone else? If regular medical treatments didn't have such a frustratingly long wait time (seems like you're stuck in the doc's office for at least two hours after your appointment's time before he even sees you) I wouldn't have a problem going around to all of them, but...Please go to see a board certified, fellowship-trained Orthopedic Specialist who specializes in injuries to the Hip. Call your Primary Care Doctor and see if he can refer you to anyone good. Or call a local Orthopedist and see if they have a Doc that is specialized in disorders of the hips.
    ChrisFloridaPT 29 Replies Flag this Response
  • In Arizona, most of the offices have a doctor of Osteopathy who sees most of the patients that the regular doctor doesn't have time to see. I would probably go to the osteopath because he can decide whether you need to see a orthapedic surgeon. Sometimes its better for you to try everything before talking to a surgeon. Surgeons are in the business of doing surgery. Do you really want that? :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I saw an orthopedist for my hip. Thanks for the help about selecting a Doctor for my hip! I have had a number of knee surgeries and i am having alot of problems with my hip and my legs. I have pain all around my knees and inner thighs. Does anybody have a good answer to what i should do or have done?
    chadstephey24 1 Replies
    • January 16, 2010
    • 07:40 PM
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  • Oh how I wish I had asked this question about ten years ago. Let me enlighten you on hip pain. I said it was ridiculous that at 30 years old I was having hip pain. I said it would go away. I did nothing about it for about two years. It got so bad that I could not climb or descend stairs. I would sit more often than stand because I couldn't take the pain of it and I gained about 70 lbs. I never mentioned it to a doctor because I thought it was all in my head. EVERY day I would wake up and there it was, so I would dismiss it. One day, I woke up and it was gone..poof like a miracle it was gone. I tried to put my feet on the floor and was not surprised when I felt what I thought was a pulled hamstring in my right thigh. I didn't care becuase it didn't hurt as bad as my hip had. I couldn't straighten out my leg. While having an EGD performed by a gastro doc, I was sedated and he said I wouldn't straighten my leg out even sedated I would reflexively pull it back. He sent me to a neuro which is when I found out what you may need to know. Hip pain means a herniated disc in your back. My back didn't hurt but the MRI didn't lie. Because I didn't do anything about it, the hip stopped hurting because it ruptured relieving the protruding disc but compressed my sciatic nerve. I have had two back surgerys, received four pins and cadevar bone in additon to the cage around the L-4 and L-5 in the bottom of my back. I feel better now than I ever have. But it took two years of rehabilitation. And I am so thankful that I am a rare case of back surgery success. So please have this checked before you have the domino effect that I had. Stephanie The typical answer for a lot of things is, "go see a doctor." Problem for me is, I'm not sure who to see. I've gone and seen an orthopedic physician for knee problems, etc. What in the case of the hips? Do they still work, or do I really need to go to a generic doctor in a clinic first? Or someone else? If regular medical treatments didn't have such a frustratingly long wait time (seems like you're stuck in the doc's office for at least two hours after your appointment's time before he even sees you) I wouldn't have a problem going around to all of them, but...
    hi_imstephanie 8 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 00:46 AM
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  • Have any of you guys tried using a hip support brace? I have found that it does a pretty good job at keeping my pain manageable, and at keeping my posture correct throughout the day.
    aaronT0331 1 Replies Flag this Response
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