Hip Treatment Options for Two Common Hip Conditions
Your body’s hips are ball-in-socket joints that allow you to change direction, bend, and rotate - all while supporting the body’s weight. The bones involved include the femur (ball) and the pelvis (socket). A layer of soft tissue called cartilage covers the ball at the top of the femur and lines the socket, so that when the joint is healthy, its movement can be smooth and painless.
- persistent pain, sometimes even while resting
- stiffness and immobility
Hip Treatment Options for Arthritis:
- Nonoperative Hip Treatment: Effective in the early stages of arthritis, these types of treatment approaches include weight loss, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections.
- Total Hip Replacement: This surgical procedure involves implanting an artificial hip made of metal and plastic. The prosthesis literally replaces the hip that has been damaged by osteoarthritis.
- Bursitis Treatment: For hip treatment, physical therapy, activity modification, utilization of a cane and possible steroid injections may be all you need to prompt relief. Surgical removal is rarely necessary.