Orthopedic Hip Doctors Serving the Midwest for Over 20 Years
The hip joint is one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. It is a ball and socket joint in which the surface is covered by smooth articular cartilage, which acts as a cushion and enables smooth movements of the joint. The human hip joint is not prone to as many issues as smaller, more complex joints like the wrist or knee. A growing number of athletes and active adults, however, are suffering from common hip injuries. Oftentimes, the cause of pain is the result of acute trauma, such as a car accident, fall, or sports-related impact. Modern orthopedic medicine is minimally invasive and helping people overcome these common hip injuries so they can return to an active lifestyle.
Common Hip Conditions
- Arthritis causes inflammation of the tissue protecting the hip joint and damages the cartilage that cushions it. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are the most common forms and appear more frequently in older adults. (https://www.beaconortho.com/hip-arthritis-treatment/)
- Muscle Strains occur when repeated activities stress the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support one’s hips and they become inflamed.
- Contusions (Hip Pointers) are the second most common sports-related injury. A hip contusion may also be referred to as a ‘muscle bruise’ as it is essentially crushed muscle fiber.
- Stress Fractures rarely occur in the majority of the population, but are common in in aging joints. Stress fractures occur in the upper quartile of the femur (including the femoral head) and are typically a result of a severe acute trauma.
- Labral Tears reference damage of the cartilage that protects the femur (ball) and acetabulum (socket). The best way to prevent a labral tear in the hip joint is to complete a strength and flexibility regiment to help the surrounding muscles avoid overloading the joint. A full recovery after a labral tear in the hip is common, and the right doctor can help patients achieve it remarkably fast. (https://www.beaconortho.com/blog/examination-hip-labral-tears-symptoms-treatment-recovery/)
- Tendinitis or Bursitis occur through overuse due to repeated activities and can become inflamed and cause joint pain. (https://www.beaconortho.com/blog/issues-around-the-hip-from-tendonitis-to-bursitis/)
For more information about common hip conditions, click here (https://www.beaconortho.com/blog/hip-arthritis-treatment-options/).
Common Hip Treatments:
- Injections/Ortho-biologics are widely used for hip injuries. The three most common injections for the hip are:
- Cortisone: provides pain relief for up to 6 months, but not intended to be a long term solution
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): draws blood from a patient, spins blood in a centrifuge to separate the blood platelets, and then injects those platelets using an ultrasound for precise placement. This procedure is meant to provide your hip joint with healing and growth factors to support the cartilage and bone tissue that were damaged. PRP is commonly used alongside physical therapy or arthroscopic hip surgery to improve or accelerate results.
- Stem Cell Injections: one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for hip arthritis. Bone marrow is taken from the patient and used to provide stem cells to repair damaged tissue. Stem cell injections generally provide faster recovery than surgery, but are not as effective as an arthroscopic procedure for more aggressive hip arthritis.
- Hip Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical method, often called scoping, that allows the physician to operate through a cannula, acting like an access tunnel, to remove damaged tissue and physically repair damage to the bone and cartilage. For most forms of hip arthritis, this is the most effective treatment method.
- Total Hip Replacement is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. The surgery consists of making a small incision over the hip to expose the joint, the damaged, arthritic bone will be removed from the joint and an artificial ball and socket will be inserted. Patients will typically be able to stand within 24 hours of the surgery. (https://www.beaconortho.com/hip-surgery/)
- Hip Surgery Revision may be needed months of decades after the original hip replacement. This can be due to chronic pain or wear and tear of the artificial components. In general, 80-90% of original hip replacements will last 15 years. (https://www.beaconortho.com/hip-surgery/)
- Physical Therapy is generally the recommended starting point to try and repair the hip joint to prevent surgery. Some goals of physical therapy are to reduce pain, control swelling, improve range of motion, strengthen supporting muscles, and improve blood supply to the hip joint. If you address hip arthritis early, physical therapy can be an effective treatment option.
For more information about hip treatments, click here (https://www.beaconortho.com/blog/hip-arthritis-treatment-options/).
Causes and Symptoms of Hip Pain
|Causes of Shoulder Pain||Symptoms of Shoulder Pain|
|Fall or other injury||Limping|
|Arthritis (joint wearing)||Reduced movement in the hip joint|
|Muscle Strain||Muscle stiffness|
|Tendon Strain||Discomfort in thigh, hip joint, groin, buttocks|
|Tendonitis||Cannot put weight on the hip or leg|
|Bursitis||Pain is intense and came suddenly|
Find a Hip Doctor Near me
The experts at Beacon Orthopaedics are highly specialized in orthopedics and sports medicine. They each received additional training in a specific area of expertise. For example, some focused on hand and wrist surgery, while others specialized in hip and knee replacements. This ensures that the physician treating your case does hundreds of similar cases each year, rather than a handful of everything. The orthopaedic surgeons may recommend regenerative medicine, physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery, partial joint replacement, or a total joint replacement surgery.
Patients benefit from our physician’s deep knowledge of treatment options to relieve joint pain, ranging from conservative, non-surgical options all the way to joint replacement. It is our goal to help each patient recognize their treatment options and to provide a high level of comfort in deciding which treatment option to pursue.
Diagnosis and treatment of a hip fracture or other injury should only be performed by a trained, board-certified sports medicine or orthopedic surgeon with proper experience and expertise. If you are suffering from a hip injury, please schedule an appointment online or by phone call at any of our Cincinnati, Miamisburg (Dayton), Indiana, or Kentucky locations and every effort will be made to schedule the patient as soon as possible.