Medical research studies greatly contribute to patient outcomes and give us evidence-based knowledge about orthopedic treatment options. Research studies are an important factor for continuing to improve outcomes for all orthopedic patients.
Many types of underlying health issues or injuries can cause debilitating hip pain. I see patients almost every day who are looking for solutions to hip pain that is disrupting their daily lives. Two common causes of hip pain are hip dysplasia and ligament teres tears. If you have been diagnosed with either of these, you have several options for treatment.
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the ball-shaped end of the thigh bone and the hip socket. Under normal conditions, the ‘ball’ moves smoothly within the socket, allowing a wide range of motion. Sometimes the smooth movement of the hip is prevented by a condition known as hip impingement.
A hip replacement, also known as a total hip replacement, is usually done when severe damage from arthritis or injury has made it difficult for you to perform routine activities because of severe hip pain or a restricted range of motion. With a minimally invasive hip replacement, you can expect to get back to your active lifestyle with minimum delay.
A clicking or locking feeling in the hip, deep pain in the buttocks or groin area, and stiffness of the hip that disrupts normal function are some of the common signs and symptoms of a hip labral tear. Hip labral tears are difficult to diagnose and are often misdiagnosed for many months after the tear occurs.
A wide variety of hip injuries can occur in adolescents. These include acute injuries acquired during contact sports, chronic overuse injuries from high impact activities, and manifestations of pediatric hip diseases that become symptomatic when children reach their late teenage years.
Hip resurfacing is a bone-saving alternative to total hip replacement. This conservative surgical procedure aims to restore hip mobility and function by relining the hip joint; most of the healthy hip bone is preserved. The end of the thigh bone that fits into the hip socket is trimmed back to remove only the arthritic or damaged portion, leaving the healthy part of the bone untouched. The surface is then covered with a thin, smooth metal dome.
Individuals who are unable to perform activities of daily living due to bone-on-bone hip osteoarthritis are best treated with total hip replacement (THR). While there are a plethora of benefits associated with THR, a prolonged postoperative rehabilitation period is one of the drawbacks of this procedure. However, with rapid recovery hip replacement surgery, patients can expect to fast track their recuperation.