Bearing the body’s weight
The hip is among the most stable joints in the body, but that doesn’t make it immune from discomfort or injury. After all, the hip supports much of the body’s weight, day in and day out, and because of that there are a number of conditions that can affect its performance.
Among the potential issues is arthritis. This can reveal itself slowly, as in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Or it can be more sudden, like traumatic arthritis resulting from an injury or fracture.
Beyond arthritis, other conditions affecting the hip are:
- Avascular Necrosis – the loss of bone from insufficient blood supply
- Bursitis – the bursa, a fluid filled sac that reduces friction, become inflamed
- Hip Pointer – common in sports, a muscle in the hip is bruised or torn
The good news for those experiencing hip pain is the medical possibilities to fix hip problems have expanded greatly. A doctor may prescribe medication or physical therapy. If the injury is serious enough, or the discomfort is too much to bear, you may consider a hip replacement.
The place for you
No matter your hip condition or treatment, Delray Medical Center will be your partner in recovery. Beyond our surgical expertise, characterized by nurses who will be by your side throughout your surgery and recovery.