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Our hip doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are the region's experts in providing evaluation and treatment for hip injuries and conditions.

Hip doctors are specialists who understand how to treat the full range of hip issues, although some hip conditions are more common than others. For instance, hip doctors often work with senior patients. That's because seniors tend to have weaker bones than people who are younger; they also tend to have more problems with their balance. Because of these things, seniors are more apt to break or fracture their hip if they fall.

On the other hand, hip doctors are also seeing more younger patients with hip pain. These problems tend to be different than those that older patients face and often happen when a person is participating in a high-impact activity, such as high-intensity aerobics or sports. 

Hip doctors also recognize that the impact of hip problems can take a toll on a patient, and sometimes, those patients are unable to walk or are fearful they will fall because their hip feels unstable. Hip doctors can help patients dealing with these challenging issues and others in order to restore them to better health and a better quality of life. Oftentimes, hip injuries can be treated with conservative methods, such as injections. However, there are some instances where nonsurgical methods do not provide adequate relief and surgery is necessary, like a hip replacement.

When It's Time to See a Hip Doctor

Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a hip issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further hip damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best hip care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your hip joint or the surrounding tissues:

  • Decreased mobility
  • Hip joint locks up
  • Increasingly reduced range of motion
  • Inflammation in the hip joint
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain near the outer side of the hip, thigh, or buttock
  • Pain that travels down to the knee
  • Pain that worsens at night
  • Snapping sounds in the hip joint
  • Weakness and issues with balance

These symptoms often correspond to a more serious hip condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Hip impingement
  • Labrum tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Trochanteric bursitis 

Our orthopedic doctors understand that hip pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our hip doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online

Our hip specialists also understand that some injuries require prompt evaluation, which is why we are proud to offer same-day appointments. To schedule a same-day appointment, please call our office before 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your hip pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of hip injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical hip procedures, such as hip replacement and hip revision surgery. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active. 

Taking a team approach, our hip surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our hip surgeons, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.