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Hip

Hip Anatomy

  • The healthy hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball (femoral head) is at the top of the thighbone (femur), and the socket (acetabulum) is in the hipbone (pelvis). The connection allows the leg to move in a variety of positions....

Causes of Hip Pain

  • Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic hip pain. Hip pain may also occur from overuse injuries in which muscles, tendons, and ligaments can become inflamed. These injuries may be due to routine daily activities or one specific event....

Diagnosis of Hip Pain

  • Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays to diagnose your hip pain....

Non-Surgical Hip Treatment

  • The treatment options covered here relate to osteoarthritis, although many of them may be helpful for patients with other arthritic conditions. Please ask your physician before starting any treatment....

Surgical Hip Treatment

  • When non-surgical treatments fail to provide adequate relief from the symptoms of arthritis, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend joint replacement. The technique of joint replacement uses implants typically made from polyethylene (plastic) and metal alloy to replace the damaged sections of bone and cartilage in the joint....

Hip Resurfacing

  • An increasingly common alternative to total hip replacement is called hemi-resurfacing. Many surgeons consider this a more conservative procedure that can be less invasive than traditional total hip replacement....

Total Hip Replacement

  • Total hip replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, is an option for many suffering with pain from dysplasia or osteoarthritis, a disease that involves the breakdown of cartilage in one or more joints. This causes bones in the affected area to grind against each other, causing severe pain and limited joint mobility....

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

  • The field of orthopedics is constantly researching new techniques to help make joint replacement surgery less painful and to help patients recover more quickly. One of the most talked about orthopedic advancements is minimally invasive joint replacement, also called mini-incision joint replacement....

ASI Hip Replacement

  • The field of orthopedics is constantly researching new techniques to help make joint replacement surgery less painful and to help patients recover more quickly. One of the most talked about orthopedic advancements is the ASI (Anterior Supine Intermuscular) hip replacement technique....

Pre-op and Post-op Guidelines

  • Planning ahead and preparing for your hip surgery can help ensure you a smooth surgery and an easier recovery. The following recommendations can help you with this process....

Caregivers Guide for the Hip

  • As a caregiver, your role is important for helping your friend or loved one recover from joint replacement surgery. When at home, there are a variety of things you need to know for the patient's safety, recovery, and comfort....

Physical Therapy for the Hip

  • You may be prescribed a number of physical therapy exercises. Physical therapy is simply an exercise program that gently stretches and strengthens specific muscles and joints....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to their most asked questions.

Links to Additional Education

  • Additional links provided to trusted specialist in the field.
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