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Hip Injuries

Hip pain can be due to many different causes.

Athletes can be troubled by problems like hip impingement, snapping hip syndrome, or hip labrum tears.  Older adults can be affected by arthritis, fractures or trochanteric bursitis of the hip. These can be due to sudden injury or simple overuse and repetitive activity.

Our surgeons specialize in treatment of all these kinds of hip pain, with a focus on getting you back to the life and activities you enjoy.  We focus on a thorough evaluation of your injury and help you select the proper care to meet your goals.  This can include a wide variety of conservative options like injections, regenerative medicine techniques, and physical therapy. 

We know there is no good time for surgery.  That’s why we reserve surgical treatment for those situations where it is the best way to get you back to your normal life.  And why we offer modern techniques like hip arthroscopy and outpatient minimally-invasive hip replacement.

Hip Evaluation

A hands-on evaluation of your hip is the primary diagnostic tool in determining the cause of your problems.  Other examinations from there can include

Treatment of Hip Injuries

The causes of your hip injury or condition, as well as your level of activity, will lead your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan with you.  In most cases, non-surgical treatment methods are preferred.  But in certain cases, early surgical intervention can prevent even worse problems from developing.  Guiding you through the process of selecting the most appropriate treatment is the most important part of our job as surgeons.

Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our orthopedic specialists are trained in the most up-to-date, minimally invasive techniques.  We have the training and skills needed to repair nearly any hip problem with arthroscopic methods.  In fact, minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques are our standard practice for nearly every hip surgery besides fracture care or replacements.

We also offer new techniques for joint replacement.  If you qualify medically, you can even have your hip replacement and go home the same day!  While not all patients are a candidate for it, we can also help you decide if anterior approach hip replacement is the right option for you.

Hip Labrum Tears

Hip labrum tears are common problems for athletic people.  The labrum is a ring of cartilage around the socket of the hip that helps with normal function of the joint.  It can be torn during an acute injury or due to repetitive stress from impingement.  These kinds of hip labrum tears can be treated with arthroscopic repair.

Labrum tears can also develop because of arthritis.  But in this case, the labrum tear is just a small part of the overall damage to the hip.  Unfortunately, arthroscopic labrum repair won’t improve your hip pain if there is also arthritis.  The important thing in these situations is to treat the arthritis, which will also treat the tear.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

One of the most commonly missed hip diagnoses is Snapping Hip Syndrome.  This is often confused for a labrum tear.  If your hip makes a loud clunk that can be heard across the room, you probably have a tight hip flexor muscle that snaps as it slides over the hip joint.  Physical therapy, stretching, activity medication, and tendon injections are the main conservative treatment methods.  But arthroscopic surgical treatment of the snapping hip may also provide rapid relief with minimal downtime.

Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is another common hip problem.  If you have pain on the side of your hip when walking, sitting, or sleeping then bursitis could be the problem.  This problem is common in people with lower back issues and older adults, but can also be caused by trauma or repetitive athletic activity.  Injections and physical therapy can provide relief for many people.  But if that doesn’t provide adequate pain management, then a minimally invasive arthroscopic trochanteric bursectomy can help you walk, sit, and sleep better quickly.

Outpatient Hip Replacement

Over the last few years, improvements in surgical techniques and medical management of patients have allowed us to shorten the stay after surgery dramatically.  Our average hip replacement patient is able to go home the same day as surgery, with the rest usually only staying a single night!  All of our hip replacement surgeons are happy to evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for same-day hip replacement surgery.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive technique that allows for access to the hip joint without cutting any muscles.  This can reduce pain in the immediate post-operative period; however, it does have its limitations.  While not everyone is a candidate for anterior hip replacement, it can help speed recovery for those who qualify.

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