Hip pain affects millions of Americans, and it can be caused by injury or disease – especially arthritis. People who have pain in the hip often try self-care by way of resting, taking pain medications, and alternating cold and heat therapy on the affected hip.
If these home remedies do not improve your hip pain, an orthopedic doctor can provide special pain-relief medications. If these do not work either, surgery may be in order. Orthopedic surgery on the hip can now be done on an outpatient basis, so great strides have been made in repairing the hip and greatly reducing a person’s hip pain.
Let’s talk about hip pain and ways to reduce your level of pain, so you can enjoy an active lifestyle once again:
A minimally invasive treatment that has been shown to greatly reduce the levels of patients’ hip pain is ultrasound-guided injections. These injections usually comprise either cortisone or viscosupplementation, and the medicine provides direct and usually immediate relief from hip pain.
The ultrasound technology is used by the physician to ensure that the medicine is being injected into the precise spot of the pain, and to ensure no ancillary nerves or other structures are being impacted from the injection.
Especially beneficial in treating painful joints that are affected by arthritis, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy are two revolutionary treatments for the relief of hip pain. The physician will extract stem cells from your own body, or extract platelets from your own blood, and then inject these wonderful self-healing cells to harness their power to heal.
Partial Hip Replacement
If the edges of your hip bone are deteriorated or damaged, a partial hip replacement may be the ideal solution to relieve your pain. The surgeon will remove the damaged area of bone and replace it with prosthetic material.
Total Hip Replacement
Even total hip replacement surgery can now often be performed on an outpatient basis. During a total hip replacement, the top of the femur and the socket in the pelvic bone are replaced with prosthetics.
Orthopedic Surgeon in Arkansas
To effectively treat your hip pain, your orthopedic doctor will first need to diagnose the underlying cause. The physician can then begin treating the precise location of your hip pain and provide much-needed relief.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic hip pain, see an experienced orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Bill Hefley has decades of experience performing many different procedures in relieving arthritis pain and hip disability, and he frequently employs noninvasive techniques such as physical therapy to try to promote healing.
If you have reached the point where it is time to do something about your hip pain, or you just want to better learn your available options, contact our caring team at Bowen Hefley Orthopedics today. Call us at (800) 336-2412 or request an appointment online, and let us show you what we can do for you – and help you enjoy the active lifestyle you’ve always loved.