Your hip joint not only bears the majority of your weight — it must do so while allowing for the wide range of motion that’s required as you walk, sit, bend, and twist. If you’re experiencing pain or limited movement of this important joint, you should know that Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center participating physicians offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for hip problems caused by injury, disease, genetic disposition, and general wear and tear.
Symptoms of Hip Problems
Diagnosing a hip problem can be complex, because hip-related pain can be felt in many other areas, such as the groin or thigh. In addition to a physical exam and diagnostic tests, your physician may ask questions such as these to help diagnose your condition:
Treatment of Hip Problems
Depending on the diagnosis, treatments for hip problems can range from rest and anti-inflammatories to therapy and surgery. Surgical options include:
A total hip replacement involves removing and replacing the entire head of the femur with a large round prosthesis that is anchored by a larger metal stem driven deeper into the femur. The implant replicates the ball-and-socket design of a natural hip, which allows for a normal range of motion. While total hip replacement is a major alteration, it can be performed as a minimally invasive surgery.