Whether you suffer from osteoarthritis or were injured on the playing field, hip pain may be a part of your daily life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Advanced surgical treatments at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics are helping hundreds of Houstonians get back up and on their feet again.
Why Hip Pain Gets Worse
Though hip pain can be caused by a sports injury, car wreck, or some other form of trauma, the most common etiology is osteoarthritis (OA). In patients with OA, joint cartilage in the hip degenerates over time, layer by layer, allowing the bones to rub together. Once this cushioning has been depleted, it cannot be restored or regenerated on its own.
The effects of osteoarthritis are usually worsened when patients choose to rest the joint and stop moving. Once the body is used to not moving the joint, the surrounding muscles weaken, further aggravating the joint when it is forced to move. Osteoarthritis in the hip can cause a vicious cycle of pain, cartilage deterioration, and reduced mobility. But there is hope…
Hip Pain: The Orthopedic Evaluation
At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, we treat hip pain quickly and effectively. Our team will work with you to create a custom plan that helps you meet your goal, whether that’s getting back in the game or being able to play with your grandchildren. With these goals in mind, we’ll go through these four phases:
- Medical History. Your medical history, which includes past operations, prescription drug use, and lifestyle habits, may help your orthopedist determine the cause of your hip pain.
- Physical Examination. During a physical exam, the physician will observe how you walk, sit, and lie down. The physician will also test joint strength, range of motion, reflexes, and look for any swelling or abnormalities in the skin.
- X-Rays and Imaging. An x-ray may reveal information that a physical exam cannot. For example, did you know that hip pain can be caused by OA or misalignment in the lower spine? An x-ray may reveal the source of the hip pain is coming from somewhere else. X-rays can also show bone spurs, the degree of deterioration, joint deformities, cysts, sclerosis, and improper alignment.
- Further Testing. Some patients may undergo basic lab tests. These tests can identify types of arthritis and rule out diseases that could be causing your joint pain.
Total Hip Replacement With Stryker
Every year, more than 285,000 Americans choose to undergo a hip replacement procedure for their hip pain. While hip replacement surgery already has a fairly substantial success rate, we believe that “good enough” is not enough. That’s why Dr. Rosemary Buckle performs total hip replacement surgery using Stryker technology. Not only is Dr. Buckle skilled and experienced with Stryker; she even serves on the production, design, and educational team for Stryker’s joint replacement technologies.
In a Stryker total hip replacement procedure, the head of the femur (thigh bone) and the hip socket are replaced. The femoral head is usually made of metal or a ceramic bearing surface; the hip socket is typically made of a durable plastic.
Here’s how the hip replacement procedure is performed:
- An incision is made in the hip to access the hip joint.
- The hip is dislocated and the femur is prepared to receive the artificial head.
- The hip socket is prepared to receive its new artificial socket cup.
- The new cup is implanted in the hip socket.
- The plastic or ceramic insert is then snapped into the cup, finishing the ‘socket’ of the ball-and-socket hip joint.
- Next, the femoral head receives its ball implant.
- The new hip joint is secured together and the surgeon tests motion range and joint stability.
- The incision is closed and the surgery is complete.
Why Choose Stryker Implants?
- Many artificial Stryker implants have hydroxylapatite (HA), which closely resembles natural bone mineral. HA helps to stimulate bone growth and has been shown to provide early pain relief. These implants are especially successful in young, active patients.
- Stryker offers a wide variety of femoral stems, allowing your surgeon to pick the best fit for you.
- Stryker offers alumina ceramic implants that are believed to last longer than traditional plastic-on-metal hip systems.
- Stryker also offers BIOLOX® delta ceramic, which is up to 50% stronger than alumina ceramic.
- Stryker femoral heads are anatomically sized for increased range of motion and more natural hip performance
At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, your physician will go over the best hip pain treatment options for you, whether surgical or non-surgical. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.