Due to the very complex anatomy of the hip
and pelvic region of the body, once you begin experiencing pain
in this region, it is common for symptoms to continue for a long
period of time. This
is termed chronic pain. It is different than acute pain,
which is defined as quick onset or short term pain.
Many systems in your body can contribute to
the potential causes of chronic hip or pelvic pain. For this reason, it is not uncommon
for many types of physicians or other health care providers to see
patients with chronic pain in the hip or pelvic region. You
may see a family physician, internal medicine specialist, orthopaedic
surgeon, general surgeon, gastroenterologist, urologist, gynecologist,
chiropracter, spine specialist or neurosurgeon, physician assistant,
nurse practitioner or a physical therapist. Too often, patients
with hip or pelvice pain are given multiple diagnoses and undergo
a variety of medical tests or imaging studies, such as X-rays, MRI
scans, CT scans, bone scans, or blood work. And multiple types
of treatments can be recommended including, activity modification,
physical therapy, injections, and at times, surgery. Eventually,
as your pain and dysfunction continue despite the treatment attempts,
you become confused and very frustrated.
The list of disorders that may cause
chronic hip or pelvic pain, but are not related to the hip and
Low back pain and/or radiculopathy (sciatica)
GI system disorders
There are however, many disorders that
cause pain in this region and are related to the hip and pelvis.
Learn more about these conditions in this section of our website.