Hip doctors are widely known as specialists who perform a range of surgeries, including total hip replacement. However, hip doctors also recommend nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures to treat hip pain and hip conditions. For example, if a patient has a labral tear injury or a hip joint condition, like arthritis, a hip doctor may be able to treat it using nonsurgical care.
Hip specialists have a wealth of knowledge regarding this large ball-and-socket, weight-bearing joint. They also have additional training specifically in the hip joint, which allows them to expertly treat hip injuries as well as relieve hip pain.
Sometimes, pain that is felt in the hip may be caused by something happening in another part of the patient’s body, such as the knees or back. A hip specialist understands issues like this and will be able to determine the origin of the patient’s hip pain.
If the hips are indeed the source of the pain, a hip doctor might recommend nonsurgical care, such as physical therapy, or a surgical option, like total hip replacement. However, if the pain is not caused by the hip but by something else, such as the knee, a hip doctor may recommend that the patient see a knee surgeon to discuss knee surgery.
Talking to a doctor and learning more about hip surgeries, such as total hip arthroplasty, can be helpful for patients who are concerned about having surgery. For example, if a doctor recommends a hip replacement, they can educate a patient on the surgical process as well as the recovery.
Today, there are many advanced treatments and technologies available to help specialists perform procedures, like hip replacement surgery. For example, there is MAKOplasty®, which is a surgeon-controlled robotic-arm assisted technique that can be utilized in hip replacement surgery. This technology allows for optimum positioning of the components to maximize the longevity of the implant as well as to minimize the potential complications.
It’s important to know that hip specialists have years of training that extend beyond medical school. This prepares them to offer a full range of care, including the ability to perform hip replacement surgery, hip arthroscopy, and other surgeries.
Know When It’s Time to Get Help
If you are noticing any of these hip-related symptoms—especially if you have been experiencing them for more than a few days—schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor or orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the hip.
- A limp that is not improving
- Buttock pain
- Groin injury and related pain that is impacting the hip
- Ongoing hip pain after a fall
- Pain between the hip and knee
- Stiffness in the hip as well as a limited range of motion
- Swelling located near the front or side of the hip joint
A hip doctor may diagnose you with one of these injuries or conditions:
- A form of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis
- Avascular necrosis
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Hip dislocation
- Hip dysplasia
- Hip fracture
- Labral tear
- Sports-related injury
- Trochanteric pain syndrome
Professional Orthopaedic Associates: Get Back to a Life Without Limits
Since 1985, we have been offering excellence in orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our fellowship-trained and specialty-trained hip specialists, Dr. Harry Bade, Dr. Brian Torpey, Dr. Gregg Foos, Dr. Mark Gesell, and Dr. Ryan Plyler, have years of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex hip injuries and conditions. They draw from this combined knowledge base to bring the very best to our hip patients.
Additionally, they value and are committed to ongoing professional education. Our hip specialists attend courses and proactively learn the latest procedures and surgical techniques. They also serve as thought leaders, lecturing and writing about orthopaedic treatment and care. Our hip surgeons are some of the most highly respected in our region.