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The hip is one of the sturdiest joints in the body, it has to be, as it bears a lot of the body’s weight is responsible for much of the body’s flexibility. The hip joint is protected by a thick layer of cartilage. Unfortunately, most people do not have enough cartilage to last a lifetime. Any time you put strain on your hip, cartilage is slowly worn down. It usually takes decades to wear down cartilage to the point where pain occurs, but once it does you should seek out treatment as soon as possible. Hip problems tend to get worse over time, and the faster you address the issue, the easier it will be to prevent further damage.

You can often find relief from hip pain through conservative treatments, including physical therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. If this fails to produce the results you need, you should talk to your doctor about surgery.

At Methodist Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, we offer the following hip surgeries:

  • Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Posterior Hip Replacement
  • Hemiarthroplasty of the Hip
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Revision Hip Replacement
  • Avascular Necrosis Treatment
  • Osteotomy

What Causes Hip Pain?

There are many possible causes for hip pain. Some of these are slow-acting conditions that will get worse over time, while others are directly caused by a traumatic incident. No matter what the cause, you should have a medical professional address the problem.

Some common causes of hip pain include:

  • Arthritis – This is one of the most common causes of hip pain, with osteoarthritis being one of the leading causes. Arthritis wears down on cartilage, stiffens joints, and inflames tissue. There is no cure for arthritis as of yet, but it can be managed with treatment, including joint replacement surgery.
  • Tendinitis – The hip is attached to the body’s muscles through thick bands of tissue called tendons. Tendinitis is a condition that causes the tendons to inflame and cause pain. This is usually caused by repetitive stress in the hip.
  • Fractures – Make sure you get hip injuries examined by a doctor because they could have left a fracture. Fractures weaken bones and can grow worse over time. Hip fractures are more common in patients with osteoporosis, who do not exercise, or have a vitamin D deficiency.

For more information about hip conditions and your treatment options, contact Methodist Orthopaedic Surgical Associates today.