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What are common hip conditions?

Your hips are made up of a ball-and-socket joint that makes it possible for you to bend, sit, and walk. Ligaments keep your hip joints in place, and protective cartilage lines the ends of your bones to help them move without friction.

When any of the structures in your hip joints have damage from an injury or disease, it can cause persistent pain and limit what you can do physically.

Southern Oregon Orthopedics offers comprehensive care for a variety of hip conditions including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

The providers can also evaluate hip injuries that occur during sports or other high-impact activities.

When should I seek treatment for a hip condition?

If rest and over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to relieve persistent hip pain, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Southern Oregon Orthopedics.

The physicians also recommend getting an evaluation for hip pain that worsens even with treatment or if you lose mobility in your hip.

Southern Oregon Orthopedics offers on-site X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests to evaluate the structures of your hip joint. They can identify labral tears, fractures, and other conditions and customize a treatment plan to help you heal.

How are hip conditions treated?

In the early stages of arthritis or after a dislocation, your physician at Southern Oregon Orthopedics might recommend medications to reduce inflammation and pain, so you can participate in physical therapy.

Hip replacement surgery

If you have serious damage in your hip joint from an injury or degenerative condition, you might need surgery. Hip replacement is a surgical procedure to replace part or all of your hip joint. This ball-in-socket joint is the largest in your body and is made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that work together to give you mobility.

If you damage any of these structures in your hip or you have a condition like arthritis, it can lead to chronic pain and inflammation that limits what you can do physically. When conservative treatment can’t relieve your pain or improve your hip’s mobility, you might need hip replacement surgery.

This type of surgery can also address osteonecrosis, a condition that can develop when a hip fracture or dislocation limits the blood supply to your hip joint and causes the joint to collapse.

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