The 4 Most Common Hip Injuries You Need to Know About

Like most of the parts that keep our bodies going, your hips are especially important when it comes to letting you enjoy the activities you love. They help you to walk, to run, and to keep your balance.  They help you hold your weight as you move through life. Healthy hips are something many take for granted–until they experience an injury.

Hip injuries can severely decrease your quality of life and make every step, or even laying in bed, a painful experience. Sometimes the onset and diagnosis of a hip injury is obvious. Sharp, intense pain after an accident may leave you in a hospital bed, staring at an x-ray of a fracture or break during the same day of your injury.

Some hip injury symptoms include dull, aching pain. It may come and go at first, but it will have “perfect attendance” after enough time has passed without seeing a specialist. You may even notice some swelling on the surface of your skin.

No matter how your pain presents itself, it is in your best interest to see an expert immediately. Making an appointment with a specialist is the first step in returning to your active life. Seeking treatment early helps avoid making your current injury worse, or suffering an additional hip injury.

At Dr. Vigdorchik’s practice, he works with all of his patients to accurately diagnose the problem, discuss lifestyle choices, and find a treatment option that works for them. Because he treats hip injuries daily, there are a few common types of injuries that most often present themselves.

Some of the Most Common Hip Injuries

Bad hips are often the punchline of jokes about old age, but the reality of hip health tells a different story. People of all ages and lifestyles injure their hips.

While older folks may be expecting hip pain, younger folks with hip injuries may overlook the aches as “nothing serious.” Whether your pain has been present since birth, an old accident, a new exercise routine, or a recent incident–always see a specialized orthopedic doctor. With the right doctor, you’ll discuss non-invasive treatment options for shorter recovery time and a faster return to good health.

To help you better understand some of the most common hip injuries seen at orthopedic clinics across the US, we’ve put together this helpful guide.

Dislocations

After an intense collision, or force, meets the femur (ball), it can be forcibly pushed out of the socket (acetabulum). Hip dislocations are very serious and require immediate medical attention.

Post-surgical hip replacement dislocations can occur if the treatment plan doesn’t include the most up-to-date approaches on recovery.

Hip dislocations can usually be treated without surgery. After you are comfortably sedated by a qualified anaesthesiologist, your orthopedic specialist will maneuver the femur back into its previous position. With physical therapy, recovery time for this common type of hip injury can be as short as 2 months.

Bursitis

Throughout the body, small cushions called bursae protect our bones and joints. When too much stress is placed on the hip joint, the bursa swells up. When the bursa is larger, it creates a sharp, stabbing pain near the top of the hip. If the injury goes untreated, the pain spreads over a larger area, reaching the outer thigh on the affected side.

Bursitis can be treated with several non-invasive approaches, including physical therapy, activity modification, and steroid injections. If noninvasive treatment is not effective for your unique condition, the bursa can be removed through a small incision on the hip, allowing you to leave the same day and begin your recovery.

Labral Tears

Labral tears are a type of injury affecting the labrum cartilage surrounding the hip socket. The ring of cartilage acts as a cushion and connector between the ball and the socket of the hip. Trauma from an accident, certain hip shapes, and stressful, repetitive movements can lead to a tear in this connective cushion.

Some labral tear symptoms include a locking sensation, general stiffness, or pain in the groin and hip. If left untreated, you may continue to experience these symptoms and increase the likelihood that you’ll develop osteoarthritis. Tears in these tissues are also usually in the company of another injury, making it even more important to seek treatment.

To treat the tear, a good orthopedic specialist will provide a physical therapy and medication regimen to help the cushion heal.

If noninvasive methods do not improve your condition, you may have the option to have a hip arthroscopy procedure to restore you comfort and mobility. During this surgery, your specialist may choose to repair or remove the inflamed tissue.

An experienced doctor will provide a recovery plan and special physical therapy routine after to ensure your recovery time is as short as possible.

Hip Fractures

The hip’s structure is made of two main bones: the ball (femoral head) and the socket (acetabulum). The term “hip fracture” is only used to name a break found in the upper part of the femur (ball). Direct impact to the femur is the usual cause for a hip fracture, typically from a car accident or fall.

Some people are more vulnerable to hip fractures than others. People with osteoporosis, cancer, or stress injuries are more likely to have this type of hip injury. An orthopedic expert can help diagnose whether you can be treated with bedrest, medication, or if surgery is needed.

Those with more severe fractures often have the option to move forward with same-day hip replacements using innovative techniques and materials.

If you are experiencing hip pain, or think you’ve injured your hip, contact us

Pain is a message from the body that must be responded to immediately to ensure you live a comfortable life. If you experience any sudden, severe, unusual, or sharp pain in your pelvic area, be sure to connect yourself with an specialist.

At Dr. Vigdorchik’s practice, you are in the care of an expert committed to exploring noninvasive treatments before surgeries. Start feeling better by seeing a doctor who is advancing the standards of their specialty by providing the highest standard of post-surgical care and recovery. Book an appointment by phone or online to begin your return to good health.

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