Fort Myers Hip Orthopedists

Our Approach to Hip Care

The Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida practice philosophy is to treat hip pain early with noninvasive, conservative treatments for degenerative conditions. Patients with hip arthritis can often avoid surgery for a period of time with physical therapy, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications. Over time, however, a hip replacement will be required in order to maintain an active lifestyle.

Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful surgeries to restore function and eliminate pain. The vast majority of patients find dramatic improvement in pain and mobility.

Hip Pain

Hip pain may be caused by a variety of problems including arthritis, injuries, compressed nerves, torn cartilage, and other problems. Patients generally experience pain in the groin, thigh, inside or outside the hip joint, and/or buttocks.

Common Causes of Hip Pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA): “wear and tear” arthritis due to the gradual wearing down of the joint cartilage, leading to inflammation of the joint lining, which causes the bones to rub together.
  • Hip strains: often occur in sports, or from overuse, and can often be treated with conservative measures. Hip strains that involve torn muscles can also be successfully treated without surgery. Your OSSWF hip surgeon may recommend hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and treat painful conditions that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
  • Bursitis: The bursae are fluid filled sacs that cushion the bony hip. When they are irritated or overused they become inflamed and cause pain whenever the hip joint is moved.
  • Tendinitis: inflammation of the tendons that connect muscle to bone, and is caused by overuse or strenuous activity. The pain feels like a deep, dull ache in the groin, especially when climbing stairs or getting out of a chair.
  • Sciatica: This is often caused by Piriformis syndrome. Inflammation in the Piriformis muscles puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, which causes pain to radiate down the leg.

Our Hip Specialists

Our esteemed group of hip specialists is unified in their goal to help their patients regain a pain-free active lifestyle:

  • Camilo Guzman, MD received fellowship training at The Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the home of some of the world’s most renowned orthopedic surgeons, who provide state-of-the-art orthopedic treatment for both children and adults.
  • Fletcher A. Reynolds, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, dual-trained in sports medicine and joint replacement at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at St. Francis Hospital, nationally renowned for their state of the art treatments for orthopedic and sports-related problems.
  • Charles P. Springer, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint reconstruction of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is also a founding member of our Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. His fellowship training was at the Jewell Orthopedic Clinic, home of world-renowned orthopedic care.
  • W. Zachary Stone, MD Dr. Stone was born in Texas and grew up in Fort Myers, FL. He then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he completed medical school and a residency in orthopedic surgery. Following residency, Dr. Stone remained at the University of Florida to complete a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery. During fellowship, he had additional training in direct anterior total hip replacement, outpatient hip and knee replacement, complex primary, and revision total joint arthroplasty.
  • Francesca Swartz, DO completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship with Dr. Kevin Plancher in Cos Cob, CT and Manhattan, NY. She worked with the United Football League in Hartford, CT and with the teams of Manhattanville College in Rye, NY.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Osteoarthritis is the number one reason for hip replacement surgery. Joint replacement removes the damaged parts of the hip and replaces them with prostheses or artificial joint parts, to relieve pain, regain lost mobility, and allow the patient to enjoy health-enhancing activities and exercise. Joint replacement surgery may also be recommended for rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, injury to the hip joint, and bone tumors.

When to schedule a consultation with our hip specialists:

  • If you have pain that lasts 4-6 weeks and is not improving
  • If your pain goes away but returns as soon as you get back to your regular routine
  • If you lose range of motion or have pain when walking
  • If you feel stiff after long periods of not moving
  • If you have pain in the groin that worsens at night

Early diagnosis and treatment can help patients avoid or delay surgery and help avoid continued damage.

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