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Q: The pain in my hip must be arthritis, right?

Posted August 27, 2014 in Advice Column, Boone

A: Pain can start from many places and can show up in odd locations in our bodies that may not make you think the problem is with your back. For example, sometimes hip pain isn’t due to an arthritic hip, but rather referred pain from an inflamed joint in the back or from a joint in the pelvis. Nerve pain that has a spinal culprit can present as pain in the abdomen, arm, back, chest, foot, hand, head, leg — essentially, our entire body may have a referred pain pattern. The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pain is part of the services we offer our patients who have been referred to us.

As a member of the Boone community, we are here to serve you five days a week. Visit or call 515-212-2420 for any questions on services we provide. Initial consultation includes a full assessment and focus on customized education on your symptoms and treatment of the underlying cause, all at Boone County Hospital, usually within one business day of a referral from your primary care provider. There are no upfront costs, and most insurance plans are accepted.

Information provided by Chris Hanson, Mid Iowa Anesthesia, 515-212-2420,

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