Prior to undergoing any surgical procedures, there are some nonoperative, conservative options for treating your hip pain that may be considered. They include the following:

  1. Physical Therapy. An exercise program may be prescribed to strengthen the muscles in the hip joint and in many cases improve positioning of the hip and relieve pain.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory Medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, may help temporarily treat inflammation and pain in the hip joint. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should only be taken under the direction of your physician.
  3. Corticosteroid Treatment. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone or cortisone, if NSAIDs do not relieve pain. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should only be taken under the direction of your physician. 

Arthroscopic hip surgery is considered when other conservative measures have not provided the required pain relief. It's a positive measure to regain your active lifestyle that hip pain is preventing.

Arthroscopic hip surgery may:   
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve joint stability
  • Remove loose bodies
  • Repair tears and damage
  • Delay the onset of osteoarthritis
  • Delay the need for a total hip replacement
  • Improve quality of life
  • Optimize activities of daily living