The primary function of the hips is to support your body weight while standing, walking and running. The hip is a ball and socket joint made of the head of the femur (the leg bone) and the acetabulum of the pelvis, lined with layers of cartilage. The joint is filled with synovial fluid which provides lubrication for smooth movement. Tendons and ligaments support the joint and facilitate movement. It is very stable joint and provides great mobility without pain.
Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida Practice Philosophy
The Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida practice philosophy is to treat early with noninvasive, conservative treatments for degenerative conditions. Patients with hip arthritis can 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 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), which is “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.
- Traumatic 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 is 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.
Treatment options depend on the type and severity of hip problems.
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Our Hip Specialists
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 hip surgeon, who trained at Beth Israel, where he combined sports medicine and joint replacement.
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.
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, New York.
This esteemed group of hip specialists is unified in their goal to help their patients regain a pain-free active lifestyle.
When you seek a consultation with a hip specialist at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, you will receive a full physical examination and a complete review of your medical history. You and your doctor will then discuss your complaints and symptoms. Imaging tests will help confirm the diagnosis, and depending on your symptoms, lab tests may be ordered. When the pain does not resolve with nonsurgical treatment, hip arthroscopy may be recommended.
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
- When you have pain that lasts 4-6 weeks and is not improving.
- When your pain goes away but returns as soon as you get back to your regular routine.
- When you lose range of motion or have pain when walking.
- When you feel stiff after long periods of not moving.
- When you have pain in the groin that can get worse at night.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help patients avoid or delay surgery and help avoid continued damage.