Hip pain can sneak up on you, starting with a twinge, and then getting worse. You may wonder if it’s time to talk to your doctor or visit the emergency room.
Get your doctor’s advice
Call your doctor’s office if you’re experiencing:
- Major swelling.
- Tenderness and warmth around the joint.
- Substantial pain.
You may also want to schedule a doctor’s visit if your hip pain:
- Hurts one or more days per week.
- Interferes with sleep.
- Becomes painful if you walk more than a block.
- No longer responds to pain medication.
- Interferes with being active, causing you to stop doing what you love.
Seek immediate medical attention
You need to go to an urgent care or ER if your hip is injured and you:
- Think the joint seems deformed.
- Heard a popping noise when the hip was injured.
- Can’t use the joint.
- Feel intense pain.
- See sudden swelling.
If you are ready to speak with an orthopedic specialist, you can ask your doctor if they can provide a recommendation. Or, you can explore a list of specialists in your area who use products from DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, to treat hip pain.
You may also want to read Questions to Ask Your Doctor.