Hip pain is a common complaint, especially as patients age.
There are numerous potential causes of hip pain.
- soft tissue inflammation around the hip, such as bursitis or tendinitis;
- hip arthritis, where there has been irreversible damage to the cartilage within the hip joint itself;
- femoral-acetabular impingement (or FAI), in which structural abnormalities in the development of the ball and/or hip socket leads to pathology;
- tears of the acetabular labrum (the cartilage rim of the hip socket itself);
- loose bodies within the hip joint;
- hip dysplasia, where there has been underdevelopment of the hip socket.
Occasionally, hip pain will present as a manifestation of lumbar spine pathology, in which a nerve to the hip area will be pinched in the lower back area, leading to the hip pain.
Dr. Davis routinely sees and evaluates patients with hip pain, to initially help them discover the source or cause of the pain, and then to the development of a treatment plan to target the hip problem and thereby alleviate the pain. Hip replacement surgery is often recommended for patients with severe arthritis of the hip that has failed to respond to appropriate conservative or non-operative treatment.
Dr. Davis routinely performs total hip replacement surgery as a treatment plan. In this approach, the hip is replaced through a small incision on the front of the hip/thigh. The benefit of this approach is that the procedure is done working between the muscles on the front of the hip, such that minimal muscle damage occurs as a result of surgery and results to an early functional recovery. See the section on Total Hip Replacement for more surgical details.
Total Hip Replacement
A total hip replacement may be recommended for patients who experience severe hip pain.
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) is an uncommon, but potentially disabling condition of the hip.
(AVN) of the Hip
Avascular necrosis of the hip can cause pain and loss of mobility in the hip joint.
FAI caused by an improperly-shaped femur is called a cam impingement.
With this injury, the head of your femur (which is shaped like a ball) slips out of your hip socket.
This condition is a painful inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick, tendon-like portion of a muscle that travels from the hip down the outer side of the thigh to the knee.
of the Hip
This condition is an irritation of the hip joint that can cause inflammation, pain, and limited mobility.
of the Hip
With this injury, the head of your femur (which is shaped like a ball) slips out of your hip socket. It may slip forward or backward out of position.
Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip
This injury is a stretching or tearing of fibers in one of the muscles at the hip joint. Hip strains may be mild, moderate or severe.