Dr. Henry Backe is an integral part of the Orthopaedic Specialty
Group, P. C. team for over 25 years. Dr. Backe’s exceptional surgical skills are complemented by a personable style and dedication to the highest quality patient outcomes and satisfaction. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in the area of hand, wrist and joint replacement.
Hip Specialist In The Greater Fairfield & Shelton Connecticut Areas
Dr. Henry Backe treats hip conditions at his offices in Fairfield and Shelton, Connecticut. Dr. Backe of Orthopedic Specialty Group, is a specially-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip conditions and injuries. Each of his patients receives a unique treatment plan matching their lifestyle goals. As a leader in the minimally invasive Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, he is an advocate of state-of-the art technologies that benefit his patients in many ways.
FAQs on Hip Strains
The large bones that make up the hip joint also serve as anchors for several muscles. Some of these muscles move down the thigh to the knee. Other muscles move across the abdomen or the buttocks. When overuse or injury stretches or tears the muscle fibers, the resulting injury is called a hip strain.
- Pain over the injured muscle is the most common symptom of a hip strain.
- Using the muscle aggravates the pain.
- Swelling may also be present, depending on the severity of the strain.
- There may be a loss of strength in the muscle.
Dr. Backe will ask you about your activities just prior to feeling the pain, apply pressure to various muscles in the area, and move your leg or hip in various directions.
You may be asked to do certain exercises or stretch in specific ways to help determine which muscle is injured.
An X-ray will be used to rule out the possibility of a stress fracture of the hip, which has similar symptoms, including pain in the groin area, with weight bearing. In most instances, no additional tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
In general, treatment and rehabilitation are designed to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and restore strength—in that order.
RICE is the standard treatment protocol for mild to moderate muscle strains.
- Rest. Avoid putting weight on the hip. Your doctor may suggest using crutches for the first day or two after the injury.
- Ice. Gently massage the area with ice to help decrease swelling.
- Compression. Compression shorts or a wrap bandage may be helpful.
He may also recommend aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and ease pain.
After the first couple of days, Dr. Backe may suggest heat therapy, including hot soaks, heat lamps, or heating pads.
Avoid the activity that caused the strain for 10 to 14 days. During that time, you can rebuild muscle strength and endurance with stretching and strengthening exercises.
If the pain returns, stop and go back to easier activities that do not cause pain. Severe muscle strains may require a longer rehabilitation time.