Hip Pain Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Hips are large joints and not easy to rest, so having hip pain can be exhausting and disabling. If you have severe or prolonged hip pain, the experienced pain management physicians at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists can help. At their offices in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team provides sophisticated treatment options for hip pain, including steroid injections. Find relief from hip pain by calling Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists or booking an appointment online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What might be causing my hip pain?

Acute hip pain could be the result of some form of trauma that's fractured a bone or caused the joint to dislocate. Falls, auto accidents, and sports injuries are some of the most likely ways for this to happen.

The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your hip joint could suffer damage as well, stretching or tearing when you’re playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Chronic hip pain develops more slowly. The most likely causes include:

Trochanteric bursitis

There are small sacs full of liquid called bursae in your hips that prevent friction buildup in the joints and protect the bones. Trochanteric bursitis is a condition in which inflammation develops in the bursae at the outer top of the femur (thigh bone).


Osteoarthritis is a chronically painful type of arthritis that arises after years of wear and tear on your joints. The protective cartilage on the bones erodes over time, triggering inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your hips that worsens with age.


Tendinitis is tendon inflammation. Your tendons are tough connective tissues that connect your hip bones to the surrounding muscles. Tendinitis is often an overuse or repetitive strain injury.

Labral tear

There's a piece of cartilage in your hip joint that stops the ball-shaped femoral head (the top of your thigh bone) from coming away from the acetabulum (socket) in your pelvis. This cartilage is called the labrum, which could tear from an acute injury or repetitive strain.

What's the best way to diagnose hip pain?

To diagnose hip pain, your provider at Stellar Pain and Spine performs a comprehensive physical exam and assesses the movement of your hip joints. They also look at your medical history and discuss your symptoms.

It might be necessary to undergo a diagnostic imaging test, for example, an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan. As well as confirming your provider's preliminary diagnosis, these tests produce detailed images of the joint damage within your hip.

What treatments can help with hip pain?

The Stellar Pain and Spine team creates personalized treatment plans for each patient that could contain interventions such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain medication
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Steroid injections (e.g., cortisone)

If hip pain is affecting your life, take action now by calling Stellar Pain and Spine to schedule a consultation or booking an appointment online today.