Relieving chronic and misdiagnosed hip pain

Hip arthritis, hip dysplasia and other hip problems can be a big roadblock to athletic aspirations, active lifestyles and just everyday living. Hip preservation treatment helps get to the source of your pain and offers you minimally invasive options for your care, including minimizing the need for hip replacement surgery later.

Hip preservation specialists on the medical staff understand the complex nature and function of the hip.

They examine the interactions of the various muscles, tendons, ligaments, vessels and bones to provide appropriate treatment and relief.

Who needs hip preservation care?

Hip preservation treatments are often recommended for active young adults or those under 60 years old although there are age exceptions. Some common conditions treated with hip preservation care include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip cartilage damage
  • Hip impingement
  • Inflammation in the hip
  • Hip labral tears or tendon tears
  • Hip sports injuries
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Perthes disease
  • Complex hip deformities

You may also visit a hip preservation specialist if you need a more accurate understanding of what’s causing your hip pain—for example, to determine if your hip pain is really stemming from a back condition, not your hip.

Hip dysplasia

A common condition that benefits from hip preservation treatment is hip dysplasia. It happens when the top of your thigh bone, called your femur, doesn’t fit into the hip socket like it should.

Most people are born with hip dysplasia, but it can also occur when pressure is put on the hips, such as consistently swaddling a baby too tightly. It’s most common in females, and early treatment can help prevent long-term problems in the hip.

Hip pain treatment that’s right for you

The orthopedic physicians and staff develop individualized hip pain treatment plans for each patient based not only on imaging studies but also a detailed medical history and in-depth physical exam.

In addition to the medical diagnosis, orthopedic treatment for hip pain relief focuses on what the patient wants to accomplish—whether that’s going for a swim or playing tennis again.

Some treatment options include:

  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery
  • Osteotomy to reshape bones
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Reconstruction surgeries
  • Hip cartilage transplantation
  • Hip decompression
  • Minimally invasive hip replacement

The overall goal is always to relieve hip pain, preserve function, slow or stop the progression of degenerative disease or hip arthritis, return the patient to an active lifestyle and, whenever possible, avoid hip replacement surgery.

Minimally invasive hip pain relief

Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques have led to big advances in the successful diagnosis and treatment of hip problems.

Arthroscopic hip pain treatment offers patients many potential benefits, including:

  • No overnight hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

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