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Hip

YOUR HIP

Your hips allow you to walk, run, sit, squat, kneel, and perform many of your daily activities. Within your hip, you have ligaments that help provide stability in movement and bones that provide structural support. If you injure these ligaments or bones, you may lose normal mobility and may also experience pain and swelling. Healthy hips are vital to an active lifestyle.Your hips allow you to walk, run, sit, squat, kneel, and perform many of your daily activities. Within your hip, you have ligaments that help provide stability in movement and bones that provide structural support. If you injure these ligaments or bones, you may lose normal mobility and may also experience pain and swelling. Healthy hips are vital to an active lifestyle.

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF FALLING

  • Don’t get up too quickly after waking
  • Don’t skip meals (hunger can cause dizziness)
  • Be careful around pets
  • Use a cane or walker if you feel unsteady. Make sure all rubber tips of  these devices are in good working order
  • In the bathroom, never use a towel rack or soap dish for support. These devices are not designed to sustain a person’s weight
  • If in doubt, use a shower chair
  • Clean up puddles of water immediately
  • Don’t lock the bathroom door. If you fall, a locked door will delay help
  • Never carry objects that obstruct your view
  • Use handrails
  • Make items easy to reach around your home
  • Wear your glasses (if you need them)
  • Don’t rush to the phone when it rings. Missing a call is a better  alternative to falling and injuring yourself
  • Don’t wear pants or a bath robe that is too long
  • Close cabinet drawers, kitchen drawers, and the dishwasher
  • Don’t leave things on the floor

Healthy hips provide optimum leg movement, but when the hip is injured, it can greatly hinder the body’s flexibility. Your hip is the largest weight bearing joint in the body.

Evaluation

The first step is to have your hip evaluated by a physician. The physician will consider your symptoms and conduct a physical exam to evaluate your hip’s strength, stability, and range-of-motion. X-rays, MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and additional tests may be required to show internal injuries. Based on your examination, your physician will let you know if surgery is necessary or if exercise (whether at home or through an external physical therapy facility) would suffice to improve your hip’s function.

  • X-RAYS
    are used to detect bone injuries & malfunctions
  • MRIS
    are used to detect soft tissue & bone damage & malfunction
  • BLOOD TESTS
    may be used to confirm or rule out various types of arthritis

THE RESULTS OF YOUR PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND TESTING WILL DETERMINE WHICH SURGICAL PROCEDURE, IF ANY, WOULD BE NECESSARY TO RESTORE OPTIMIZED FUNCTION.

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Non-Surgical Treatment

  • ICE, ELEVATION, MEDICATION
    Your physician may instruct you to ice your hip. Ice your hip at least 3-5 times a day for 20 minute intervals. At the same time, your physician may prescribe medications to aide in your recovery and ease your pain.
  • EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL THERAPY
    Physical therapy and/or home exercise may be suggested by your physician. These exercises are designed to slowly strengthen your knee and increase its range of motion. The speediness of your recovery will greatly depend on how dedicated you are to following your physician’s recommendations.
  • INJECTIONS
    Your physician may suggest cortisone injections to reduce inflammation. Some patients may only require one injection, while others may need additional injections to relieve pain and inflammation.

Surgical Treatment

TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

Total hip replacement can benefit patients who suffer from a variety of hip problems, including injury and disease. Not all hip problems require hip replacement surgery, and your physician can help determine if the surgery is right for you. Joint replacement is done only after other treatments have failed to improve your condition.

HIP FRACTURE

Hip fractures can be very serious and generally effect elderly men and women. While recovery is generally slow, patients can regain their health with the right care. Your physician will need to reposition the fracture. This may be accomplished with surgery, in which the surgeon would hold the bones in place with an internal device such as pins and surgical screws.

  • Femoral neck fracture – Pins or a high strength metal device is used to replace  the head of your femur• Femoral neck fracture – Pins or a high strength metal device is used to replace  the head of your femur
  • Interochanteric fracture – A compression screw and plate holds the bone in  place inside your hip socket

Your physician will evaluate your condition to determine if you are a good candidate for hip surgery. In some cases, physical therapy and exercise therapy may improve your condition without requiring surgery.

Are you suffering from hip pain? Lake Pointe Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options to alleviate your pain!

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