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Penn orthopaedic specialists work closely with you to determine the best possible treatment options for your condition, personal needs and lifestyle. Whenever possible, we emphasize conservative, non-invasive treatment methods to manage and treat hip pain. When necessary, we provide the latest techniques in hip surgery.

For example, arthritis pain in your hip may be relieved through physical therapy or plasma injections. At Penn Orthopaedics, we manage patients with non-surgical treatments for as long as possible.

Non-surgical techniques to help alleviate your hip pain include:

Injections and Infusions

Some medications can be injected directly into the hip to treat your pain. These include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. With infusion therapy, medications are delivered intravenously or directly into the muscles to reduce inflammation.

Penn also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections by using the platelets from your own blood to boost tissue regeneration, heal wounds and repair cartilage.

Lifestyle Modifications

We may ask you to make some lifestyle modifications to your daily routine, such as losing weight, performing low-impact exercise to reduce stress on your hip, and using a cane or walker to help decrease the pain while walking.


Nutraceuticals are herbal or dietary supplements that may help strengthen or reduce the pain in your hip joint. These supplements include glucosamine and chondroitin, which may help with overall health of the bones and soft tissues.

Pain Medications

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and ibuprofen (e.g., Advil and Motrin), are commonly used to ease hip pain. Analgesics such as muscle rubs can be used for temporary pain relief. We may also recommend other prescription medications such as antirheumatic drugs and biological response modifiers.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Rehabilitative medicine and exercise programs can stretch and strengthen the muscles and soft tissues of your hip joint to improve flexibility and hip support. Changing the way you perform daily activities may also help in alleviating hip pain through limiting excessive strain on your hip. This can be aided through the use of therapeutics and other apparel specially designed for hip pain.

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