On the outside, hips give the human body shape and curves. On the inside, the hips are constructed to support the weight of the human body whether stationary or in motion. You can’t get out of bed in the morning, let alone stand up, without using your hips.
As the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body, hips are also vital to retaining balance. Comprised of bones, ligaments, muscles and cartilage, they are integral to the body’s postural alignment.
Young and old, athletes and non-athletes, men and women – everyone can experience pain or discomfort in the hips.
Obtaining a diagnosis
When you meet with your physician to discuss your care, a thorough evaluation will take place. In addition to reviewing your medical history and working to understand the current problem, your physician will conduct a physical exam and review any x-rays you might already have. If further information is necessary to make a diagnosis, your physician might recommend additional testing that could include an MRI, CT, bone scan, nerve test or lab work.
Common hip injuries
- Labrum tear
- Femoracetabular impingement (FAI)
- Loose bodies, bursitis
- Avascular necrosis
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
Determining the best path to healing
As with any pain in the body, multiple approaches to healing can be used before there is a need for surgery. The physicians at OID take a conservative approach to hip pain and attempt a variety of methods to reduce pain and increase a patient’s quality of life before recommending surgery.
Adjusting exercise habits to include low-impact routines and adding stretching and strength training to your regimen can make a significant difference in how the hips feel. In addition, sometimes physical therapy can increase your range of motion and reduce pain.
However, when the pain or discomfort makes walking feel unsafe, your physician might suggest that it is time to consider surgery.
When surgery is necessary
If your physician recommends surgery, you can rest assured that OID has highly qualified and distinguished professionals utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge procedures.
Each person is unique and so is their treatment plan, but most commonly, our physicians help individuals with the following issues:
- Hip scopes for labrum tear or FAI
- Removal of loose bodies
- Total joint replacement for osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis