Non-surgical Hip Treatments
Non-surgical hip treatment options can include a variety of basic at-home activities, such as avoiding painful activities or making certain sleep adjustments, to formal physical therapy sessions. If prescribed, patients can work with a physical therapist to learn proper exercises that can advance activity levels and reduce hip pain.
A non-invasive surgical option for treating joint pain is a hip arthroscopy. By inserting an arthroscope (a miniature camera) through a very small incision near the patient’s joint, the surgeon can identify the source or internal damage that is causing pain. Through this evaluation, instruments are then inserted through additional small incisions in order to smooth or shave the inflamed or damaged areas. Instruments can include “shavers” which help cut away distressed cartilage and also drill into areas of the bone where cartilage has worn away, in order to stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Most commonly, arthoscopic produces are done to remove painful bone fragments and repair a torn labrum, which is the cartilage attached to the hip socket holding the thighbone securely in its socket.
A hip arthroscopy is only recommended for patients who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments which include physical therapy, medications or injections. While hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms caused by damage the joint area, there are many orthopedic conditions can lead to the cause of these problems such as:
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Hip joint infection
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Sports injury or overuse
Partial Hip Replacement Surgery
If only part of the hip joint is damaged, a physician may recommend a partial hip replacement. Partial hip replacement surgery utilizes similar components to those used in a total hip replacement but only replaces the femoral head or the hip socket with prosthetic materials.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
When a hip joint is severely damaged, total hip replacement surgery is an option that restores hip function and relieves pain. With this procedure, our surgeons replace damaged bone with an artificial hip joint designed to restore range of movement to that of a healthy hip joint.