Because we take our hips everywhere, it is easy to take them for granted. We use our hips whenever we walk the dog or weed the garden. They help us twist and turn, squat, and climb stairs.
Many of us don’t realize how much we need our hips until pain or stiffness makes it hard to get around. If severe symptoms interfere with your ability to work, play, or even sleep, it may be time to see an orthopedic specialist.
Hip Problems We Treat
The hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. It connects the top of the femur (thigh bone) to the pelvis. Tissues called ligaments, tendons, and cartilage protect the hip and keep it stable. If something harms any part of this joint, you may develop pain or lose mobility.
Tower Health orthopedic physicians and surgeons treat many medical conditions and injuries that affect the hips. These include:
- Bursitis. Our team treats inflammation of the bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs that help cushion your joints). Bursitis commonly affects the hips.
- Cartilage problems. We treat cartilage issues caused by injuries, such as hip labral tears and cartilage deterioration related to aging or joint wear-and-tear.
- Fractures and dislocations. We offer expert care for hips that are fractured (broken) or dislocated (one of the bones that makes up the joint pops out of place).
- Hip impingement. Our specialists diagnose and treat problems that cause hip impingement. This occurs when the bones that make up the hip joint do not fit together properly.
- Medical conditions. We will help you manage medical conditions that can take a toll on the hips. These include arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteonecrosis.
- Tendon problems. We care for conditions caused by tendon inflammation or tears. These include hip flexor tendonitis and snapping hip syndrome.
Comprehensive, Well-coordinated Care
Our orthopedic specialists work closely with other Tower Health providers. We will make sure you receive a precise diagnosis and prompt treatment — so you have a positive experience.
First, we’ll find the source of your hip pain. You may need a physical exam and imaging tests. You may also need lab tests to confirm or rule out medical conditions like arthritis.
Next, we’ll recommend treatments suited to your age, lifestyle, goals, and overall health. Your personalized treatment plan may include care from providers who specialize in orthopedic rehabilitation, physiatry, rheumatology, or sports medicine. Together, we’ll help you get over your pain and get back on your feet.