At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we’re home to the region’s leading orthopedic treatment center for bone, joint and muscle injuries and illnesses. Our physicians focus on cutting-edge and compassionate care, helping patients recover from orthopedic injuries and return to their active lifestyles quickly.
Our team of orthopedic specialists works diligently to treat patients with conditions of the hip and pelvis. These injuries and illnesses can be detrimental to patient’s mobility and we provide a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to restore our patient’s health and quality of life.
Advanced Treatment Methods in Advanced Facilities
TMCA is one of the only hospitals in Colorado to offer the Own the Bone program, a leading orthopedic care method which aims to identify, treat and prevent future hip fractures.
The newly renovated, state-of-the-art TMCA Operating Rooms and advanced orthopedic surgery technology make us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.
The collaborative team of physicians, nurses, medical staff and rehabilitation specialists at TMCA are dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for our patients. We’re a family of physicians and staff that take great pride in serving the patients of TMCA.
If you’d like more information about orthopedic treatment for hip and pelvis injuries and conditions at TMCA, or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-873-0630.
Hip and Pelvis Conditions We Treat
- Arthritis of the hip
- Aseptic necrosis of the hip
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Dislocated hip
- Hip fracture
- Hip labral tear
- Hip pointer
- Pelvic fracture
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Transient Synovitis of the Hip
Hip and Pelvis Conditions In Depth
Arthritis of the hip is a serious condition that can severely limit mobility and quality of life. The term arthritis literally means joint inflammation, and it commonly affects the hips, along with other joints, in older patients. Arthritis can affect people differently. Some may have mild symptoms with little progression, while others may have symptoms that significantly worsen over time, affecting mobility and quality of life.
The team of orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treats arthritis with the goals of relieving pain, maintaining mobility and function, and improving quality of life. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and more. Learn more here.
Aseptic necrosis of the hip is the death of bone tissue in the head of the femur (thigh bone) due to poor blood supply. Symptoms include pain in the buttock, thigh, knee, or hip, with limited hip motion, pain with weight-bearing actions, or limping.
At TMCA, treatment options for aseptic necrosis of the hip can include physical therapy, medications, or surgery. There are several surgical 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 prosthetic hip replacement. Learn more here.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a problem with how the bones of the hip fit together. DDH is found in young children and is more common in females. If your baby was diagnosed with DDH at birth, the doctor may not treat the condition until the baby is older than 2 weeks. Early DDH may improve on its own. Depending on your baby’s age and the severity of the condition, treatment options may include harnesses and other support devices, manual adjustment and casting, or hip surgery. Learn more here.
A hip dislocation occurs when the ball of the thigh bone moves out of place within the socket of the pelvic bone. This ball and socket form the hip joint. 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 being unable to walk.
The first treatment option is closed reduction. The thigh and leg will be manipulated to try to put the ball of the femur back into the hip socket. If closed reduction is unsuccessful, the joint remains unstable or the thigh or pelvic bones are also broken, open reduction surgery will be required. Learn more here.
A hip fracture is a break in the thigh bone just below the hip joint caused by trauma to the bone. A hip fracture may cause pain in the hip, difficulty or inability to stand, walk, or move the hip, or abnormal appearance of the broken leg.
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 was and the overall health of your bone. Surgical options include insertion of surgical plates and screws to realign the bones, or hip replacement 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. It is more common in older adults.
Along with physical therapy, your doctor may recommend assistive devices such as wheelchair, cane, or walker for your recovery and rehabilitation. Learn more here.
A hip labral tear is an injury to the soft elastic tissue around the hip joint called the labrum. Symptoms of a hip labral tear include sharp, deep or disabling hip pain, instability and limited range of motion in the hip.
The orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treat hip labral tears with medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid injections, surgical treatment to repair or remove the torn labrum, and a brace and support devices during rehabilitation. Learn more here.
A hip pointer is a bruise to the upper part of your hip. Many muscles, including abdominal muscles, attach at this site. A hip pointer can involve injury to bone and soft tissue. Learn more here.
Osteoporosis is a disease marked by decreasing bone mass, density, and quality, making bones weak and brittle. If left unchecked, it can lead to fractures. Recommended treatment methods to prevent osteoporosis or slow it’s progression include changes in diet and nutrition, ceasing smoking, exercise, dietary supplements, safety measures to prevent falls, and taking medications that can help prevent bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce your risk of fractures. Learn more here.
A pelvic fracture is defined as one or more breaks, also known as fractures, of the bones that make up the pelvis. A pelvic fracture is a serious injury that needs immediate care to prevent current and future complications.
Treatment will depend on how serious the fracture is. Stable fractures will heal without surgery, while unstable fractures must be treated with surgery.
Extra support may be needed to protect, support, and keep the pelvic bone in line while it heals. Activities will need to be adjusted 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. Learn more here.
Snapping hip syndrome is characterized by a snapping sensation felt 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 involved in sports and activities, including dancing, are especially prone to snapping hip syndrome. Treatment can include lifestyle changes and activity or motion modifications, rest, ice and physical therapy. In some rare cases, surgery is required to relieve pain and discomfort.
Transient synovitis of the hip is a temporary irritation of the tissue that lines the hip joint. It 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. Follow up appointments will be done to make sure the hip is improving as expected. Further testing may be done if the hip does not improve as expected.