Recover from Orthopedic Hip and Pelvis Injuries

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Hip and pelvic injuries, especially factures, occur most often to when people older than age 60 slip or fall. Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are most vulnerable to hip and pelvis injuries. Younger adults and young athletes rarely suffer from injuries in the hip or pelvis, however being struck by a car can cause this type of injury in anyone. 

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Some hip and pelvis injuries can be treated without surgery, however severe injuries may require minimally invasive hip surgery, or hip replacement surgery. Those conditions are described below. 

The Medical Center of Aurora is one of the only hospitals in Colorado offering the Own the Bone program, a leading orthopedic care method which aims to identify, treat and prevent future hip fractures in patients who are at risk of osteoporosis. With the Own the Bone program, patient care is individualized and coordinated among physicians and different specialties as needed for each patient.

Hip and Pelvis Injuries 

Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis of the hip is a serious condition that can severely limit mobility and quality of life. When you have hip arthritis, the joints in your hips are inflamed causing pain. Hip arthritis often happens to people as they age, but affects people differently. Some people with hip arthritis may have mild symptoms with little progression, while others may have symptoms, which significantly worsen over time, affecting mobility and quality of life. 

The goal of orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of hip arthritis is to relieve pain, increase and maintain mobility and function, and improve quality of life. Treatment for hip arthritis can include lifestyle changes and medications to reduce pain. If the hip arthritis becomes severe, surgery may be required, including the option of hip replacement surgery. 

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Aseptic Necrosis of the Hip

Aseptic necrosis of the hip is the death of bone tissue in the head of the femur (thigh bone) due to a lack of blood supply. Symptoms of Aseptic Necrosis of the hip may initially be pain felt when weight-bearing actions are put on the hip. As the bone tissue continues to die, pain may increase to in the buttock, thigh, knee, or hip and limit hip motion. You may also have a limp. 

The most common treatment option is steroid medications. Hip surgery may also be required as the disease progresses. There are several surgeries used to treat aseptic necrosis of the hip. The choice depends on the extent of disease and the age and health status of the patient. Options include bone grafts, decompression of the inside of the bone, realignment of the bone, femoral head resurfacing, and total hip replacement/hip replacement surgery. 

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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Developmental dysplasia of the hip forms before, during, or just after birth — causing an unstable hip. Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a problem with how the bones of the hip fit together – the ball of the femur slips partially or completely out of the hip socket during development.  It is more common in females and in severe cases, the hip joint can dislocate or cause trouble walking. 

Symptoms of Developmental dysplasia of the hip include one leg appearing shorter than the other, the space between the legs may look wider than normal, the leg on the side of the dislocated hip may turn outward. 

If a baby was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip at birth, the orthopedic surgeon may not treat the condition until the baby is older than two weeks. Early developmental dysplasia of the hip may improve on its own. Depending on a baby’s age and the severity of the condition, treatment options may include harnesses or other support devices, manual adjustment and casting, or hip surgery.

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Dislocated Hip

A hip dislocation is traumatic and extremely painful. It is usually the result of a high impact injury such as a car accident. Because of the serious nature of this injury there are typically other injuries associated with it. Seek medical attention immediately if a dislocated hip is a possibility. A hip dislocation occurs when the ball of the thighbone moves out of place within the socket of the pelvic bone. 

Symptoms of a dislocated hip include severe pain in the hip, especially when attempting to move the leg; pain that spreads to the legs, knees, and back; and the inability to walk. 

In order to treat a hip dislocation, doctors will have to move the hipbones back into place. Medications for paid reduction or a sedative may be provided. If there are broken bones in addition to the hip dislocation, hip surgery may be required. Post treatment crutches and rest may be required to immobilize the hip for full recovery.

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Hip Fracture

Hip fractures can happen to anyone as a result of a serious impact injury – such as a car crash. However, older people are at a higher risk of hip fractures as they lose bone density due to osteoporosis. When this happens, a simply fall from standing height can cause a hip fracture. Complications from hip fractures can be life threatening. 

Symptoms of hip fractures include pain in the hip, difficulty or inability to stand, walk, or move the hip, or abnormal appearance of the broken leg. 

Hip Surgery is needed for most hip fractures to make sure the hip heals properly. The type of surgery will depend on what part of the hip bone was broken, how severe the fracture is and the overall health of the hip bone. Surgical options include insertion of surgical plates and screws to realign the bones, or a hip replacement surgery (or minimally invasive hip replacement surgery) to remove damaged areas of bone and insert metal devices in their place. Hip replacement surgery is reserved for those with severe bone injury or disease. Hip replacement surgery is more common in older adults. 

Along with physical therapy, your doctor may recommend assistive devices such as wheelchair, cane, or walker during hip surgery recovery and rehabilitation. 

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Hip Labral Tear

A Hip labral tear is typically associated with a repetitive motion injury happening most often to those who athletes who participate in golf, soccer, ballet, football, ballet, ice hockey and similar sports. 

Symptoms of a hip labral tear include sharp, deep or disabling hip pain, accompanied by clicking, locking, or catching of the hip.  An instability in the hip, a limited range of motion in the hip, joint stiffness and an instability of the hip are also symptoms of a hip labral tear. Associated pain may be felt high in the buttocks or as far down as the knee. 

Orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treat hip labral tears with medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid injections. Sometimes hip arthroscopy, or minimally invasive hip surgery is required to repair or remove the torn labrum. Afterwards a brace or other support devices will be necessary during rehabilitation. 

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Hip pointer

A hip pointer is a bruise to the upper part of your hip. Hip pointer is primarily a sports related injury. Symptoms include pain, bruising and swelling at the site of injury. Hip pointer is typically extremely painful. A hip pointer can involve injury to bone and soft tissue and there is usually a weakening of the muscles in this area – but this hip and abdominal muscles may be impacted. This injury happens most often to football players. 

Treatment for a hop pointer usually involves rest, ice and medications to decrease the swelling and to assist with the pain management. In some cases physicians may need to drain excess blood or fluid from the site. 

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Osteoporosis of the hip

Osteoporosis of the hip is a disease marked by decreasing bone mass, density, and quality, making the hip bones weak and brittle. If left unchecked, it can lead to hip fractures. Recommended treatment methods to prevent osteoporosis or slow it’s progression include healthy changes in diet and nutrition, ceasing smoking, increased exercise, taking dietary supplements, increasing safety measures to prevent falls, and taking medications that can help prevent bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce your risk of hip fractures. 

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Pelvic Fracture

A pelvic fracture is a serious injury that needs immediate care to prevent complications. 

Treatment for a pelvic fracture will depend on the seriousness of the injury. Stable fractures will heal without surgery, while unstable fractures must be treated with hip surgery. 

Extra support may be needed to protect, support, and keep the pelvic bone in line while it heals. Activities will need to be modified while your pelvic bone heals, but complete rest is rarely required. A walker or crutches may be needed to keep weight off the pelvis. Physical therapy or rehabilitation will be used to improve range of motion. 

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Snapping hip syndrome

Symptoms of snapping hip syndrome include a snapping sensation when the hip is flexed and extended. This may be accompanied by an audible snapping or popping noise and pain or discomfort. Snapping hip is most often the result of tightness in the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip. People who are most likely susceptible to snapping hip syndrome are athletes and dancers. 

Treatment for snapping hip syndrome typically includes lifestyle changes and activity modifications, rest, ice and physical therapy. In some rare cases, minimally invasive hip surgery is required to relieve pain and discomfort. 

Transient Synovitis of the Hip

Transient synovitis of the hip is a temporary irritation of the tissue that lines the hip joint. Transient synovitis of the hip can cause pain and difficulty when walking. Transient synovitis of the hip is more common in children aged 2-10 years and the cause is unknown, although it often follows a recent cold or stomach virus. Transient synovitis will usually pass on its own in 5-7 days. Rest and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help manage discomfort related to transient synovitis of the hip. Further testing may be done if the hip does not improve as expected.

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The Orthopedic Hip and Pelvis Specialists at The Medical Center of Aurora

The orthopedic team at Medical Center of Aurora is fully focused on providing the very best care for orthopedic hip and pelvic injuries. As the only hospital in Colorado offering the Own the Bone program, our medical specialists work in teams to provide well-rounded care and individualized treatment for every patient. 

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In order to provide the most high quality care for every patient, our medical specialists work in teams included an orthopedic surgeon, nurse specialist, radiologist, and rehabilitation specialist. Together, your care team will ensure you heal and are back to your regular life and daily activities as soon as possible. Our high rate of certified nurses and low infection rates mean you are receiving the best possible orthopedic care in the Denver region right here at The Medical Center of Aurora.

For your comfort and satisfaction, our operating rooms are renovated to provided the best possible outcomes and we work with the most advanced and sophisticated imaging equipment available.