The hip joint is the connection of the “ball” (head of the femur bone) with the “socket” (acetabulum of the pelvis). It supports the weight of the body in static and dynamic postures, and allows for a wide range of movements. The hip is composed of several bones, as well as three key ligaments which reinforce the joint. The hip joint also includes the labrum, which is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the “socket” and holds the “ball” in place, making the joint harder to dislocate.
Despite how difficult it can be to knock the hip out of place, hip injuries happen, and should be treated carefully with the least invasive techniques available. Dr Vonda Wright, MD, MS, FAOA is a double-board-certified orthopedic hip specialist whose comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal wellness harnesses innovative surgical and orthobiologic techniques. Her extensive research background gives her the necessary knowledge to apply cutting-edge rehabilitative care focused on helping you return your affected hip to peak performance.
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The hip joint is susceptible to many musculoskeletal injuries, which include arthritis, dislocation, impingement, labral tears, and damage to the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Symptoms of a hip injury may include:
Injuries to the hip may result from acute trauma, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident, or chronic wear and tear. Diagnosis will include a comprehensive physical examination to determine range of motion, stability and pain, as well as an X-ray, MR arthrogram to determine the nature of the injury and an intra-articular injection.
Some other conditions include:
For some patients, hip arthroscopy surgery will be necessary to treat their condition, find long-term pain relief, and achieve their full recovery goals. Arthroscopic hip surgery involves making 2 or 3 small incisions around your hip and looking inside the joint with a camera that is around the same diameter as a pencil. While the camera is inserted in one small incision, the other incision(s) will be used to place various instruments in the joint in order to treat the cause of your hip discomfort.
No, some hip injuries can be treated without the need for surgery. Nonsurgical treatments for a hip injury typically include a modification of activities, physical therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen the joint, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain. Nonsurgical means are often prescribed before any surgical options are recommended.
Arthroscopic hip surgery is a treatment option for various hip conditions, including:
Arthroscopic surgery will be recommended for injuries that do not respond to non-surgical methods and involve weakness, loss of function, and/or pain.
The advantage of arthroscopy to traditional open surgery is that the joint does not need to be completely opened up, and no muscles are cut or displaced. This reduces the recovery time and may increase the success rate due to reduced trauma to the joint.
When you’re ready to find relief for your hip pain and return to peak performance in whatever you do, Dr. Vonda Wright is ready to help you meet your goals. Use our online tool to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Wright, or contact her Orlando office at (407) 965-4114.