At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained hip doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of hip injuries and conditions.
The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the human body, and as such, it provides a wide range of motion while holding up well to everyday wear and tear. Due to injury or just the passing of time, however, hip pain and discomfort can develop. Sometimes, hip pain can become debilitating. If you experience chronic hip pain, it may be time to meet with a hip doctor who can advise you on hip replacement or other possible treatments.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hip Pain?
Hip pain can originate from many different causes. Sometimes, it's merely the product of age and many years of use. In other cases, hip pain may be the complication of a disease or chronic condition, such as arthritis. And in further instances, it may be the result of an injury, sports-related or otherwise.
Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip arthritis or osteoarthritis
- Hip bursitis
- Hip dysplasia
- Hip injuries from car accidents or sports
- Other problems with the bone, hip joint, or surrounding cartilage
How Can You Tell When It's Time to Visit a Hip Surgeon?
If you experience regular pain in your hip, it may be time to meet with an orthopedic surgeon who can advise you about the options available to you, which may involve hip replacement surgery. It may also include nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, an exercise program, or medication. Indeed, hip surgery is typically a last resort, and your hip specialist will not recommend total hip replacement until all nonsurgical interventions have been attempted.
Some of the most common signs that you need to meet with a hip specialist include:
- Hip pain prevents you from enjoying activities that require you to sit or lie down for long periods of time
- Your bones have been damaged, something your doctor can tell you based on X-rays and other forms of imaging
- You have a known condition, such as arthritis or osteoporosis, that has led to the wearing down of your hip joint
- You have tried nonsurgical interventions and not had any results
- Your hip problem interferes with your everyday life and makes it hard for you to move around or do simple tasks
If you experience any of these symptoms, see a hip doctor soon.
What Treatments Are Available to Those With Pain in Their Hip?
For the patient who experiences recurring hip problems, there are a few treatment options that are available. Sometimes, exercise, weight loss, or physical therapy can make a big difference. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections can also be administered to provide relief for certain hip disorders.
The most extensive form of treatment is to undergo a total hip replacement. As with other total joint replacement procedures, a total hip replacement requires removal of either all or part of your joint and the installation of an artificial joint in its place. Following this hip surgery, physical therapy may be helpful in ensuring proper healing and to strengthen the muscles surrounding the new hip.
What Is the Recovery Time for Hip Surgery?
Recovery after hip surgery varies greatly depending on the severity of disease that you have and the amount of surgery required. Sometimes patients go home the same day as their hip surgery, others may need a short stay to recover in the hospital.
On the day of hip surgery, you'll be encouraged to stand and walk, likely with the use of a walker, cane, or crutches. Pain medications can be administered to ensure you are comfortable during this process. Physical therapy will typically begin on the first day following surgery, as well. The recovery time will be roughly four to six weeks. Your orthopedic surgeon can advise you on exactly what to expect from your hip surgery.
The Region's Most Comprehensive Hip Care
At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced orthopedic doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our hip doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville, Missouri, the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Smith, Dr. Blake Peterson, and Dr. Michael Smith, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of hip injuries or conditions. Our orthopedic hip surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when hip surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.
If a hip injury or condition is keeping you from living the life you love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained hip surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.
For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic in St. Joseph, Missouri.