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hip pain in Charlotte


The goal of hip pain treatment in Charlotte and is to help you restore long-term mobility and functionality to your hip. Despite this, the cartilage and tendons supporting the hip can experience wear and tear, which can result in pain. Hip pain is a common complaint and can result from problems such as osteoarthritis; overuse of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage; and wear and tear of the joint.

Depending on the nature and severity of the hip pain, you may feel discomfort in the hip, upper thigh, or lower buttock. Certain hip conditions are also due to osteoarthritis of the hip, hip fractures, tendinitis and bursitis, and back issues. If your hip pain refuses to go away after a period of rest and management with traditional medications, you may need to schedule an appointment with a pain specialist for treatment of your pain with advanced, non-surgical, non-opiate pain management techniques.

How it Works?

Regenerative Medicine for Hip Pain

We manage hip pain using interventional procedures involving regenerative medicine in Charlotte. Regenerative medicine involves approaches that harness the body’s self-healing properties to facilitate quick recovery. Some of these techniques involve stem cell therapy and PRP therapy which are derived from the host’s cells.

These approaches are beneficial because they can help avoid the need for hip replacement surgery. These procedures restore motion to the hip that has lost its mobility and reduce pain. Hip problems are resolved faster, so you can get back to the things you love.

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Regenerative Medicine - PRP Therapy for the Hip

PRP therapy is a regenerative medical procedure that uses concentrated platelets from the host’s  blood to harness the body’s healing properties. Once injected into injured hips, growth factors are immediately deployed to the site to restore functionality to the hip.

Compared to traditional medications that only manage symptoms, PRP therapy addresses the root cause of the pain to provide recovery to injured cells and tissues of the hip joint. Hence, it’s safe and even beneficial for the long-term management of hip pain and conditions.

Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain

Stem cell therapy is a very effective regenerative medical technique for treating hip pain that refuses to respond to traditional therapy. The procedure uses specialized cells in the body to facilitate the healing of your hip. Whether you’ve had hip pain for a while or just recently as a result of injury, you may want to consider stem cell therapy to effectively relieve your pain. Here are ways you can benefit from stem cell therapy for hip pain:

  • Stem cell therapy is an ethically responsible treatment with the potential to generate promising therapeutic results. The procedure is only minimally invasive. You’re also protected from the risks of highly invasive hip replacement surgery, such as bleeding and post-surgical infections.
  • Stem cell therapy addresses the root cause of the pain instead of just managing symptoms, as seen with traditional over-the-counter medications. Hence, treatment with stem cell therapy is faster and more effective. There’s no possibility of unexpected adverse reactions.
  • The procedure uses the patient’s own cells to achieve therapy, so side effects are to the barest minimum, and there’s no possibility of rejection.
  • Stem cell therapy effectively promotes functionality and flexibility and improves the patient’s range of motion of the hip joint within a short time.

Who’s a candidate?

Do you feel serious pain in your hip and areas surrounding your hip? Do you find it difficult to move your hips? Maybe you’re finding it difficult to sleep on your hip? Then this may be the right time to seek medical attention from a pain specialist.

If you feel one or more of the following symptoms and you do not find relief after management with over-the-counter medication, then it’s time to contact an expert to help manage your hip pain.

prp therapyChronic or lingering hip pain

bone marrow stem cellPain that worsens with movement of the hip

adipose derived stem cell therapyPain that worsens when you sleep on your hip

prp therapyHip injuries or sprains

bone marrow stem cellOsteoarthritis

bone marrow stem cellLigament sprain of the hip

bone marrow stem cellSwelling around the hip regions


Corticosteroid injection with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance in Charlotte
Corticosteroid injection with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance

Corticosteroid injections with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance are useful for precise and targeted administration of steroids to injured hip joints. Fluoroscopic guided corticosteroid injections are safer  because the root of the problem is addressed through precise targeting of the affected hip. The procedure takes a few minutes and recovery is fast, so you can return to your normal activities quickly.

Bursa injection treatment in Charlotte
Bursa Injections

Bursa injections usually contain steroid injections which are injected into the bursa. Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that help to cushion areas between the tendons of the hip joint and supporting bone structures. When irritated as a result of strain or pressure, it gets inflamed which can become swollen and also painful. Treatment with over-the-counter medications cannot target this area specifically, so a targeted injection of steroids directly into the bursa is beneficial. The procedure usually lasts a few minutes, and you can expect recovery within just a few days.

Genicular Neurotomy (Traditional Neurotomy and COOLIEF) in Charlotte
Genicular Neurotomy (Traditional Neurotomy and COOLIEF)

Effective treatment of pain involves precise blockage of pain transmitting signals. This may be a  therapy for you if you want to avoid hip replacement surgery. The genicular neurotomy procedure is only minimally invasive and involves just the use of low energy radiofrequency energy to numb pain signals. The procedure is safe and can provide long-lasting relief for hip pain for up to 24 months.

Peripheral Nerve Block in Charlotte, NC
Peripheral Nerve Block

Peripheral nerve block is very useful for treating chronic hip pain. Peripheral nerve block also provides effective pain relief for hip pain that does not respond to therapy even after hip replacement surgery. It involves the injection of an inflammation-reducing steroid into the hip region to reduce pain. Beyond reducing inflammation, pain signals are also inhibited to provide pain relief for injured hips.

trigger point injection in Charlotte
Trigger Point injections

Just as the name suggests, trigger points are painful knots of muscles surrounding the hip joint. Trigger point injections involve the administration of the appropriate dose of medication into these trigger points. This procedure may be right for you if you’re not responding to therapy with treatment with traditional medications.


Hip pain is a common condition that affects many people. Pain may be caused by inflammation of the bursa, arthritis of the hip joint, bursitis, and back issues. Here are common hip conditions:

  • Frozen hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Hip impingement
  • Trochanteric or Ischial bursitis
  • Hip muscle and tendon strain
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome

If you feel pain or discomfort around your hip, you can begin by trying out the following exercises to help relieve your discomfort and restore functionality and mobility to your hips. Here are a few hip exercises to try out:

  • Groin Strain Exercises
  • Hamstring Strain Exercises
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome Stretching
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome Exercises
  • Trochanteric Bursitis Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Piriformis Syndrome Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Hip Flexor Strain Stretching
Dr. Usman Ahmad and the team at Advanced Sports & Spine in Charlotte

Frequently Asked Questions



We offer several different options for treating hip pain at our pain management center in Charlotte, NC. We treat hip pain using regenerative medical procedures such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. We also utilize innovative treatment methods such as steroid injections, viscosupplementation, nerve blocks, and other revolutionary procedures for alleviating or eliminating hip pain.


Exercises are a great way to strengthen and support your hip and restore its mobility. A combination of exercises and treatments may be necessary to fully restore functionality and motion to your hip and eliminate pain. 

Certain types of exercises may worsen pains in your hips, so we recommend that you discuss your exercise plans and choices with your doctor before you start them on your own to avoid further damage to your hip. 

A simple rule of thumb is to avoid exercises that worsen your pain. Our experts can assess the cause of your hip pain and recommend the appropriate exercises and treatments that are suitable for your hip condition.


Most cases of hip pain usually resolve on their own after a short time of a few exercises. However, hip pain that lingers on for weeks requires appropriate medical assessment. Untreated hip pain may affect a person’s quality of life and overall well-being, so it is always a good option to check with a pain specialist for appropriate therapy. A pain specialist like Dr. Ahmad can assess your pain, evaluate your symptoms, and help you prepare a treatment plan that will provide you immediate relief and restore functionality to your hip.


Hip pain is caused by several factors that may manifest from mild to severe cases of hip pain. Depending on the cause of the pain and level of discomfort, mild cases can resolve with rest or with just simple exercises. However, more serious cases may require intervention by pain specialists. It is difficult to tell if a hip condition will resolve on its own or not, so it is advisable to consult with a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms so you can know the next steps.


It is usually difficult to tell if hip pain is serious or not at the initial onset. However, hip pain that lingers on and refuses to go away after rest or interventions with over-the-counter pain relief or ice or heat therapy may be a severe case of hip pain. If you feel this way, it is the right time to contact a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms, determine the source, and design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.


The hip is a mobile joint in the human body. However, it is prone to wear, tear, and injuries. 

A great way to keep your hips healthy is to protect your joints by strengthening them through exercising, stretching, and not overstressing your joints. Exercise regularly to maintain your hip mobility, stability, and functionality.


The duration of discomfort from hip pain varies depending on the cause of the pain. Mild cases usually resolve on their own following a brief period of rest or intervention with over-the-counter medications. Acute pains involving minor injuries may resolve after some days or a couple of weeks. More severe cases usually require medical interventions by pain specialists to relieve your pain. 

Experts may recommend treatments, physical therapy in the form of exercises, and possible lifestyle changes that may relieve discomfort once the source of the pain has been determined.


Finding the right effective treatment for hip pain requires determining the cause of the pain. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one of our experts. Once the root of your pain is known, we can devise a custom treatment plan to relieve your hip pain.


A pulled muscle or muscle spasm is a common cause of back pain. Symptoms of a pulled muscle include:

  • Pain only with movement
  • Muscle cramps or spasms in your back
  • Pain that may radiate into the buttocks, but not into the legs
  • Trouble walking, bending, or standing up straight

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