Christopher Potts, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA & Alpharetta, GA
Hip pain can be an annoying discomfort or a major problem if you're experiencing limited mobility, or your pain prevents you from participating in your favorite sports or workouts. For all types of hip pain, orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Potts, MD, provides comprehensive care and support. Located in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Potts has extensive experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of hip issues. To set up a consultation, call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Hip Pain Q & A
Why does my hip hurt?
As the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body, your hip allows for a wide range of motion for walking, running, and athletic movements. A variety of conditions can cause hip pain or other hip symptoms like stiffness, popping, locking, or weakness. Hip pain can be the result of any trauma or damage to your hip that affects the anatomical structures of the joint, like the:
- Muscles of the hip
- Ligaments of the hip
- Labrum and cartilage within the hip
- Bones and joints of the hip
In some cases, you can be born with anatomical variations of your hip joint that predispose you to hip pain, or you can develop structural changes over time due to wear-and-tear or trauma. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and overall health, you may be at an elevated risk for certain hip conditions.
Dr. Potts specializes in the treatment of:
- Hip impingement / FAI
- Labral tears
- Lateral hip pain
- Abductor/gluteus medius tears
- Hamstring tears
- Articular cartilage injuries
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Avascular necrosis (AVN)
- Hip fractures
How is hip pain diagnosed?
When diagnosing hip pain, Dr. Potts begins with a comprehensive exam and consultation. He asks about the location of your discomfort, how long you've been experiencing symptoms, and what activities or movements worsen your pain.
Next, he examines your range of motion and moves your hip into different positions to assess your joint for structural issues that cause pain, stiffness, or instability. Dr. Potts may order X-rays or an MRI if needed.
How is hip pain treated?
After reviewing your case, Dr. Potts explains your diagnosis and treatment options in detail. He takes into account your age, overall health, and activity level in order to recommend the best course of treatment for you. Treatment can include:
- Rest and activity modification
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Injections, including corticosteroids, platelet-rich plasma, or stem cell therapy
Find out what's causing your hip pain by scheduling an appointment online or by phone now.