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Hip Pain Specialist

David N Westerdahl, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Health Northwest, Inc

David N Westerdahl, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Non-Operative Orthopaedic Specialist located in Portland, OR

Your hip is a mobile weight-bearing joint that connects your legs to your pelvis. Many people experience hip pain from time to time. However, when ongoing or severe hip pain interferes with your ability to keep up with your active lifestyle, David Westerdahl, MD, at Sports Health Northwest Inc, can help. Dr. Westerdahl specializes in diagnosing and treating hip pain without surgery. Schedule an appointment by calling the office located in The Graham Clinic in Portland, Oregon, or book a consultation online today.

Hip Pain Q & A

What is hip pain?

Hip pain refers to any discomfort you feel in or around your hip joint. The location of your discomfort may help Dr. Westerdahl determine the underlying cause of your pain.

Pain located in the groin area or inside your hip usually means there’s a problem with the joint itself. Hip pain that affects the outside of your hip or upper thigh may indicate problems with the muscles, ligaments, or tendons that surround your hip joint. 

What causes hip pain?

Many conditions cause hip pain, including: 


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae sacs providing a cushion between your soft tissue and bones. With hip bursitis, you feel pain when getting up from a chair or walking. 

Gluteus medius tendonitis

Pain on the outside of your hip may indicate you have gluteus medius tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon.

Hip contusion

A hip contusion is a type of bone bruise that may occur after a high-impact hit to the hip. Hip contusions are painful and take time to heal.


Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs from the wearing away of the cartilage that separates the bones in your hip joint.

Hip labral tear

Your hip is a ball and socket joint. The labrum is a type of cartilage in the socket joint that provides joint stability. A hip labral tear may occur from high-impact injuries or degenerative changes that occur with age. 

Stress fractures

Your hip joint absorbs much of the stress when doing high-impact activities like running. However, these repetitive activities may cause stress fractures in the hip bones.

Hip fractures

Hip fractures are more common in older adults but may occur from a high-impact fall or collision.

How is hip pain treated?

Dr. Westerdahl customizes your hip pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause. He takes a conservative approach to care and utilizes innovative tools and techniques to support your body’s natural healing process, easing your pain and restoring hip function.

Treatment for your hip pain may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for acute and chronic conditions
  • Bone marrow aspirate (BMA)
  • Percutaneous tenotomy or fasciotomy for tendonitis or muscle injuries
  • Alpha 2 macroglobulin (A2M) injections for osteoarthritis
  • Cooled radiofrequency ablation for osteoarthritis

When performing injection procedures like PRP or A2M, Dr. Westerdahl uses ultrasound-guided imaging to ensure accurate placement of your injection.

If conservative treatments fail to provide relief from your hip pain, Dr. Westerdahl may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgical treatment options.

Call Sports Health Northwest, Inc, or book an appointment online today to get help for your hip pain.