Hip Pain Causes
Hip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. Hip-related pain is not always felt directly over the hip. Instead, you may feel it in the middle of your thigh or in your groin. Similarly, pain you feel in the hip may actually reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.
Hip pain can be caused by:
- Hip fracture
- Avascular necrosis
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Strain or sprain
- Low-back pain such as sciatica
At Colorado Joint Replacement, we specialize in treating the following conditions:
- Post-traumatic arthritis – arthritis due to a previous fracture or trauma to the joint
- Avascular necrosis – a disruption of the blood supply to the joint causing collapse of the bone/cartilage
- Congenital anomalies such has hip dysplasia or some skeletal dysplasia
- Previous infection – which can destroy the cartilage in a joint
- Advanced arthritic change – seen in patients in their 40s and 50s
- Hip Bursitis
Whether you have just begun exploring your treatment options for hip pain or have already decided upon hip replacement surgery, the following information from Colorado Joint Replacement in Denver can help you better understand what you can expect from a hip replacement.
- The causes of hip pain
- How a healthy hip joint works
- The anatomy of an unhealthy joint
- Total hip replacement
- Non-surgical treatment options for hip pain
Is hip replacement right for you?
If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, an accident or other condition, simple everyday activities may become painful. Even walking or getting out of a chair can become difficult. However, you're not alone. About one in four people develop hip arthritis over the course of a lifetime.
A number of people are able to return to their everyday activities - pain free - after undergoing hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (a prosthesis) to restore joint movement.
The physicians at Colorado Joint Replacement specialize in total hip replacement and would be happy to discuss in detail which procedure is best for you. They're experts you can trust, performing more than 2,000 joint replacements a year.
Causes and Symptoms of Joint Damage
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint deterioration leading to a hip replacement. It frequently strikes the weight-bearing joints in one or both hips. Pain develops slowly, usually in the groin and on the outside of the hips, or sometimes in the buttocks. Those with osteoarthritis of the hip often have a restricted range of motion, particularly when trying to rotate the hip.
The indications for hip joint replacement include:
- Hip pain that has failed to respond to conservative therapy
- Hip osteoarthritis or arthritis confirmed by X-ray
- Inability to work, sleep, or move because of hip pain
- Some hip fractures
Inner Working of the Hip
Your hip is made of a ball and a socket joint, linking the dome at the head of the thigh bone (femur) and the cup in the pelvic bone. Your hips are your body's largest weight-bearing joints. Bands of tissue called ligaments connect the ball to the socket and provide stability.
A smooth cartilage covers the bone surfaces of the ball and socket, cushioning the ends of the bones and allowing them to move easily. Osteoarthritis is the most common disease of the hip. It is caused by wear and tear on the joint. Cartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones and joints. It allows bones to glide over one another. Cartilage can break down and wear away. As a result, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Additionally, a smooth tissue called synovial membrane produces a lubricating fluid that covers the surface of the hip joint, eliminating most friction in the joint. Normally, all these parts work together to support a strong, flexible, pain-free joint.
Hip replacement surgery is not recommended for people with:
- A current hip infection
- Poor skin coverage around hip
- Paralysis of the quadriceps muscles
- Severe disease of the blood vessels of the leg and foot (peripheral vascular disease)
- Nerve disease (neuropathy) affecting the hip
- Morbid obesity
If you schedule an appointment at Colorado Joint Replacement, you will receive an extensive pre-operative evaluation of your hip(s) to determine if you are a candidate for a hip replacement procedure. Evaluation will include assessment of the degree of disability and impact on your lifestyle, pre-existing medical conditions, and an evaluation of your overall health.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
When a hip joint is severely damaged, total hip replacement surgery can restore function and significantly relieve pain. At Colorado Joint Replacement, our skilled surgeons perform this revolutionary surgery by replacing damaged bone with an artificial hip joint known as prosthesis.
While there are many different designs and materials that are used for a hip prosthesis, all of them consist of a ball, made of a highly polished metal or ceramic, and a socket, made of plastic, ceramic or metal, that mimics the function of a natural joint. Each patient we see is unique and may require a different approach or combination of approaches in order to optimize a patient's lifestyle and to fulfill a patient's individual goals. We recommend that you talk with your surgeon regarding which surgical approach and prosthesis is best for you.
Is total hip replacement right for you?
To determine if you may be a candidate for total hip replacement surgery, call Colorado Joint Replacement at 720-372-0926 to schedule a consultation.
Patients will receive an extensive pre-operative evaluation of their hip(s) to determine if they are indeed a candidate for hip replacement or another procedure. The evaluation includes an assessment of the degree of patient disability, impact on lifestyle, pre-existing medical conditions, and an evaluation of your overall health.
Once the evaluation is complete, our physicians can create a customized treatment plan to address a patient's individual needs.
Non-surgical Hip Treatment
Depending on the severity of a hip condition, physical therapy, injections and anti-inflammatory medication can be effective treatment options. Before recommending surgery, our experts work with patients to explore these options and make a determination as to what form of treatment is best.
Knee Pain Causes
Overall knee pain can be due to bursitis, arthritis, tears in the ligaments, osteoarthritis of the joint, or infection. Instability, or giving way, is also another common knee problem. Instability is usually associated with damage or problems with the menisci, collateral ligaments, or patella tracking.
Knee pain can be caused by:
- Arthritis – including rheumatoid,osteoarthritis, gout and arthritis following an injury
- Birth deformity of the knee
- Baker's Cysts – a fluid-filled swelling behind the knee that may accompany inflammation from other causes, like arthritis
- Bursitis – inflammation from repeated pressure on the knee, such as kneeling for long periods of time, overuse, or injury
- Connective tissue disorders such as lupus
- Dislocation of the Kneecap – when the triangle-shaped bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slides out of place. The problem usually occurs toward the outside of the leg.
- Infection in the joint
- Knee injuries – may cause bleeding into your knee
- Tendinitis – a pain in the front of your knee that gets worse when going up and down stairs or inclines
- Torn cartilage (a meniscus tear) – pain felt on the inside or outside of the knee joint
- Strain or sprain – minor injuries to the ligaments caused by sudden or unnatural twisting
Whether you have just begun exploring your treatment options for knee pain or have already decided upon knee replacement surgery, the following information from Colorado Joint Replacement in Denver can help you better understand what to expect from a knee replacement.
- How a healthy knee joint works
- The causes of knee pain
- The anatomy of an unhealthy joint
- Total knee replacement
- Non-Operative treatment options for knee pain
Is knee replacement right for you?
If your knee has been damaged by arthritis, an accident or other condition, simple everyday activities may become painful. Even walking or getting out of a chair can become difficult. A number of people are able to return to their everyday activities - pain free - after undergoing knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery is surgery to resurface all or part of the knee joint with metal and plastic components (a prosthesis) to restore joint movement.
Knee replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement. The surgeons at Colorado Joint Replacement specialize in knee replacements and would be happy to discuss in detail which procedure is best for you. They're experts you can trust, performing more than 2,000 joint replacements a year.
How a Healthy Knee Joint Works
The knee is a complex joint. It contains the distal end of the femur (the femoral condyles) and the proximal end of the tibia (the tibial plateau). The femoral condyles usually glide smoothly on the tibial plateau. This allows the lower leg to move smoothly and painlessly.
The most common cause of knee damage that leads to knee replacement is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the bones of the knee. It causes the surfaces of the knee joint to become irregular and rough, preventing smooth painless motion of the knee joint. It also exposes bone patches by the wearing away of the cartilage surface. If bone comes in contact with bone, a patient can experience disabling arthritic pain.
Knee joint replacement may be recommended for:
- Knee osteoarthritis, or arthritis, which causes knee pain that has failed to respond to conservative therapy
- Decreased knee function
- Inability to work because of knee pain
- Inability to sleep through the night because of knee pain
- Inability to walk more than 3 blocks because of knee pain
- Some knee fractures
Some medical problems may lead your doctor to recommend that you not have the surgery. Some of these problems are:
- Knee infection
- Morbid obesity
- Poor blood flow in the leg
- Unhealthy skin around your knee
- Very weak quadriceps, the muscles in the front of your thigh.
If you schedule an appointment at Colorado Joint Replacement, you will receive an extensive evaluation of your knee(s) to determine if you are a candidate for a knee replacement procedure. Evaluation will include assessment of the degree of disability and impact on your lifestyle, pre-existing medical conditions, and an evaluation of your overall health.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement surgery can significantly improve knee motion and reduce pain in patients with severe and widespread joint damage. The procedure itself takes approximately one to two hours and virtually resurfaces the entire knee joint with metal and plastic prosthetic implants.
Is total knee replacement right for you?
To determine if you may be a candidate for total knee replacement surgery, call Colorado Joint Replacement at 720-372-0926 to schedule a consultation.
Non-Surgical Knee Treatments
Depending on the severity of a knee condition, physical therapy, injections and anti-inflammatory medication can be effective treatment options. Before recommending surgery, our experts work with patients to explore these options and make a determination as to what form of treatment is best.
Yet, if pain, swelling, buckles, clicks, or locking of the knee joint continues despite trying less invasive treatment options joint replacement surgery may be beneficial.