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Hip Versus Back
Hip Versus Back

Have you ever had an ache or pain and not been certain as to where it originates? You are not alone! We often see patients who are scheduled for a specific body part, but upon examination, it turns out the problem originates elsewhere. The most common example is people reporting hip pain when the problem originates in the lumbar spine or low back area. Don’t get me wrong, people do indeed have pain in their hip, but they need to see a spine specialist rather than a hip specialist for further management of their symptoms to address the root of the issue.

When trying to determine the source from which your hip pain originates, a few helpful tricks can get you on the right track. If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in your leg, the issue is likely associated with your back where the nerves originate, and you should consult with one of our spine specialists in the OAW Spine Center at our Pewaukee office. If your pain feels deep within your groin and worsens with a sit-to-stand motion or with stairs, the pathology is likely in your hip. You should request to be seen by one of our hip specialists. These are not foolproof methods for determining your pathology, but if we could do it via phone, we wouldn’t need our clinic!

We very much understand that it is often hard to explain your symptoms when you call to schedule an appointment for whatever body part is troubling you. Our beloved schedulers do their best to get you set up for a consult with the appropriate board-certified physician for your ailment, but sometimes it doesn’t work out as perfectly as we would like. Worry not, all of our providers work closely with one another to deliver the best possible care for each and every patient and whatever ailment they bring through our doors.

We pride ourselves in providing full-spectrum, comprehensive care of any and all orthopedic issues. Sometimes, the treatment we provide can be both diagnostic and therapeutic in nature meaning that it can provide relief while also providing answers as to the specific diagnosis. Especially in the realm of hips and backs, often times a treatment is provided to determine the extent of the symptoms that are caused by one pathology or the other. Our providers can then gather information on the success of treatments and work together with their partners to provide you with the ideal combination of treatments to remedy your symptoms and get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Wherever your pain, give us a call to set up an appointment today!

This blog is written by one of our very own-Morgan. She is a certified athletic trainer working as a medical assistant with our providers each and every day in our clinic. She obtained a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Carroll University in Waukesha and a master's degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. She is excited to bring you updates and information about the happenings at OAW.