Specialties

  • For people with hip pain, there are many treatment options available that can range from physical therapy to partial and total hip replacement. At Porter Adventist Hospital, our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons and specialists work closely with each patient we see to discuss options and to determine what treatments may best fit a patient's individual needs.

    Treatment options often depend on the cause of the pain, how the joint is affected, the severity of the condition, and how the condition affects a person's daily activities. Everything from age and occupation to sports activity and hobbies is taken into account as we work with patients to create a custom treatment plan.

    Hip pain can be the result of fractures, arthritis, osteonecrosis, trochanteric bursitis, tendinitis, strains, sprains, lower back pain or an infection. Our team will help properly diagnose a patient's hip condition and recommend treatment options that will alleviate hip pain and restore mobility.

    Non-surgical Hip Treatments

    Non-surgical hip treatment options can include a variety of basic at-home activities, such as avoiding painful activities or making certain sleep adjustments, to formal physical therapy sessions. If prescribed, patients can work with a physical therapist to learn proper exercises that can advance activity levels and reduce hip pain.

    Hip Arthroscopy

    A non-invasive surgical option for treating joint pain is a hip arthroscopy.  By inserting an arthroscope (a miniature camera) through a very small incision near the patient’s joint, the surgeon can identify the source or internal damage that is causing pain.  Through this evaluation, instruments are then inserted through additional small incisions in order to smooth or shave the inflamed or damaged areas.  Instruments can include “shavers” which help cut away distressed cartilage and also drill into areas of the bone where cartilage has worn away, in order to stimulate the growth of new cartilage.  Most commonly, arthoscopic produces are done to remove painful bone fragments and repair a torn labrum, which is the cartilage attached to the hip socket holding the thighbone securely in its socket.

    A hip arthroscopy is only recommended for patients who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments which include physical therapy, medications or injections. While hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms caused by damage the joint area, there are many orthopedic conditions can lead to the cause of these problems such as:

    • Dysplasia
    • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
    • Hip joint infection
    • Snapping hip syndrome
    • Sports injury or overuse
    • Synovitis

    Partial Hip Replacement Surgery

    If only part of the hip joint is damaged, a physician may recommend a partial hip replacement. Partial hip replacement surgery utilizes similar components to those used in a total hip replacement but only replaces the femoral head or the hip socket with prosthetic materials.

    Total Hip Replacement Surgery

    When a hip joint is severely damaged, total hip replacement surgery is an option that restores hip function and relieves pain. With this procedure, our surgeons replace damaged bone with an artificial hip joint designed to restore range of movement to that of a healthy hip joint.
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