SI Joint and Hip Pain

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Hip injuries can be debilitating, with some individuals facing the prospect of limited recovery. Among these injuries, hip arthritis can be particularly detrimental to one’s overall health. Hip pain caused by arthritis can disrupt daily life, affecting work, sleep, and even the simple act of getting ready in the morning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011, 512,000 individuals underwent total hip replacements, with osteoarthritis accounting for 80 percent of these cases. The CDC projects that “by 2040, an estimated 78 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis” (, 2016). However, there’s hope for relief from hip pain with Platelet-Rich Plasma injections.

Managing hip pain doesn’t have to be a permanent part of your life, and it’s certainly not something you should simply accept as you age. Living with persistent pain is not normal. For those who prefer to avoid surgery, there’s a non-surgical alternative available. Additionally, Regenerative Medicine Therapy presents patients with the opportunity to address conditions like arthritis, bursitis, and other degenerative hip joint issues. At Opdahl Regenerative Medicine in Vancouver, we offer our patients a natural, non-surgical solution through Regenerative Medicine Therapy. Our therapies focus on enhancing the concentration of a patient’s own regenerative tissues and reintroducing them into the affected area, thereby promoting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Regenerative Medicine for Joint and Hip Pain

By utilizing a patient’s own blood, concentrating the platelets within it, and subsequently reintroducing them into the affected area, medical practitioners stimulate the body’s innate healing process. PRP is precisely targeted into the damaged ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. At Opdahl Regenerative Medicine in Vancouver, our healthcare professionals recognize the significance of expediting the recovery process. This non-surgical procedure has the potential to significantly ameliorate symptoms, alleviate pain, and restore functionality.

Hip pain can undoubtedly arise from various causes and is a prevalent issue for many individuals. Ensuring that the correct treatment aligns with an accurate diagnosis is crucial for addressing these injuries effectively. Regenerative Medicine and Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Therapy can concurrently provide solutions for numerous hip conditions. These injection therapies are particularly effective for addressing issues such as bursitis, arthritis, labral tears, and hip dislocation.

If you have hip pain, some common causes include:

Femoroacetabular Impingement

In femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), bone spurs develop around the femoral head and/or along the acetabulum. The bone overgrowth therefore causes the hip bones to hit against each other, rather than to move smoothly.

Gluteal Tendinosis

While gluteal tendinosis may seem to happen suddenly, usually it is the result of many tiny tears to the tendon that have happened over time.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

In conclusion, GTPS, also known as Greater trochanteric pain syndrome, is a common hip condition.

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis

When the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the lateral point of the hip is inflamed or swollen and you are experiencing pain in the hip region, you could be suffering from trochanteric bursitis.

Gluteus Medius Dysfunction

Anatomically, the Gluteus Medius is a broad fan shaped muscle originating from the rim of the pelvis (Iliac crest) and inserting with a tendon to the greater trochanter. Usually referred to as a tendinopathy or tendinosis, gluteus medius dysfunction is characterized as a chronic degeneration or tear of the tendon.

Hip Effusion

Many kinds of arthritis can affect the hip joint but by far the most common is osteoarthritis. Some may call osteoarthrits the “degenerative joint disease”.

Hip Labral Tear

A hip labral tear involves the ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint.

Hip Osteoarthritis

Many kinds of arthritis can affect the hip joint but by far the most common is osteoarthritis of the hip, which some people call “degenerative joint disease.

Iliopsoas Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. The bursa, a sac filled with fluid adjacent to the joints, acts as a cushion for the joint. The largest bursa of the body is called iliopsoas bursa. Iliopsoas bursa is located between the front side of the joint of the hip and the hip flexor.

Iliopsoas Tendinitis

This refers to inflammation of the iliopsoas muscle. This can also affect the bursa located underneath the tendon of the iliopsoas muscle.

Ischiofemoral Impingement

Ischiofemoral impingement is a syndrome defined by hip pain. This is associated with narrowing of the space between ischial tuberosity and lesser trochanter.

Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis is a muscle in the back of the thigh by the buttocks. Piriformis syndrome refers to the piriformis muscle irritating the sciatic nerve.

Sacroiliac Arthritis

This refers to degeneration of the cartilage at the joint on either side of your lower back where the sacrum meets the ilium.

Sacroiliac Dysfunction

Whenever an SI joint is irritated or injured, the resultant sacroiliac joint dysfunction may cause pain in the lower back and legs.


“Sacroiliitis” is often used interchangeably with sacroiliac arthritis. However, sacroiliitis can sometimes denote more acute active inflammation from an inflammatory arthritis such as ankylosing spondylitis rather than chronic cartilage degeneration from osteoarthritis.