Treatment for Hip Conditions

When the hip is functioning properly, daily activities can be enjoyed with ease and without pain. But when disease, injury or arthritis interferes with the hip's normal movement, it can lead to pain, muscle weakness, or other problems that require treatment to correct.

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Treatments offered

GW Hospital offers several options to treat hip pain and disease.

Hip Preservation Program

We evaluate and treat hip problems using physical therapy and advanced surgical options designed to help postpone or even prevent the need for a hip replacement later in life.

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Minimally invasive hip surgery

A damaged hip joint can be replaced or repaired using minimally invasive techniques that dramatically reduce hospital stays and recovery times.

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Total hip replacement

At our Total Joint Replacement Center, we provide comprehensive services — both before and after surgery — for patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement.

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Joint Replacement Rehabilitation Program

The joint program focuses on optimizing patient readiness for and recovery from joint replacement surgery. Patients will be seen prior to surgery to review how best to prepare for surgery and what to expect when they get home from the hospital. Patients will be on a formalized surgeon-therapist collaborative protocol for postoperative rehabilitation. The primary goal is to restore independent function and optimize mobility as quickly as possible.

Blue Distinction® Center for Hip Replacement

Blue Distinction CenterIn 2020, GW Hospital received designation as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement from CareFirst BlueCross® BlueShield® (CareFirst), as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. This remarkable achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality, patient centric care in orthopedic surgery.

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Hip conditions

Hip labral tears

Progressive damage or injury to the labrum, or the ring of cartilage that lines the socket of the hip joint, can cause pain in the hip or groin, limited range of motion or catching and locking of the hip joint. Orthopedic physicians treat patients who suffer a hip labral tear through physical therapy or surgical procedures.

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)

Femoroacetabular impingement causes damage to the hip joint. It occurs when abnormally shaped hip bones grind against each other, resulting in pain and dysfunction from the friction. As FAI progresses it can lead to osteoarthritis.

Tendon injuries (hip abductor tear)

Hip abductor muscles stabilize your body as you stand, walk, run or jump. Depending on the severity of your condition, injuries or degeneration from overuse can cause swelling, pain in the buttock or a limp.

Hip dysplasia

Developmental issues in the hip joint can cause a partial or complete dislocation, known as hip dysplasia. Generally, babies or young children suffer from hip dysplasia, although some adults may experience it as well. Orthopedic physicians recommend treatment based on the patient’s age and severity of this condition.

Subspinal impingement

Impingement refers to the rubbing of bones which can cause pain or limited function. In subspine impingement, part of the spine located under the deep soft tissue of the hip is in need of repair.

Iliotibial band syndrome

The iliotibial band works with the thigh muscles to provide stability in the knee joint. When the iliotibial band is inflamed from overuse, it can cause pain and swelling in the knee or a snapping or popping sound.

Snapping hip syndrome

Muscles or tendons produce a snapping sound when they pass over a bony lip or edge in the hip. While the condition may only be an annoyance to some, it can cause pain or weakness over time and require treatment.

*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.