What type of joint is the hip?
Your hip joint is a "ball-and-socket" joint that extends from the femur to the pelvic bone. The hip joint supports your body weight and helps you maintain balance and proper posture. Healthy hip joints enable us to do everyday tasks like walking and sitting down as well as rigorous activities like climbing, dancing and sports.
Living with an unhealthy or injured hip can have a serious impact on your quality of life. If you are experiencing hip pain or have a hip condition, it is important to see an orthopedic physician.
Common hip injuries
Even an otherwise healthy hip joint can become injured in a traumatic incident such as an auto accident or sports accident. Other hip injuries may be caused by prolonged or repeated stress — such as the stress from competitive athletics or dance — or become damaged simply from aging.
Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate the joints. Bursitis describes an inflammation and swelling of the bursae. In the hip joint, the bursae sits between the hard bone of the hip (greater trochanter) and the connecting tendon. Bursitis causes pain in the hip and the outside of the thigh. Even simple movement such as walking can aggravate this condition and cause the pain to increase.
Snapping hip syndrome
Also known as "dancer's hip" or iliopsoas tendinitis, this condition is easy to identify by the snapping sensation felt when the hip is flexed. A popping or snapping noise may also accompany the sensation, as well as pain and discomfort.
Snapping hip is often caused by repetitive and physically demanding movements such as those required in dance, soccer, horseback riding, tennis, and other sports. It can also be caused by vigorous strength-training exercises that result in a thickening of the tendon.
A labral tear describes damage to the cartilage that surrounds the hip socket. It can be caused by repetitive motion or a fall or accident. It may also be seen in the early stages of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by inflammation and damage to the cartilage of a joint. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Osteoarthritis is a condition typically seen in older patients.
A hip dislocation occurs when the femur ball slips out of its hip socket. This injury causes severe pain and loss of mobility, and may result in damage to the surrounding tendons. This type of injury is usually caused by a traumatic event such as a car accident or a bad fall. However, some patients born with a shallow hip socket or hip dysplasia have increased chances for dislocation.
Broken hip or hip fracture
When a bone cracks or breaks, it is referred to as a "fracture." Hip fractures are serious injuries and are typically caused by a severe trauma, or from a fall at an advanced age. Hip fractures result in extreme pain and loss of mobility, and require immediate attention from an orthopedic specialist.
Alexander Orthopaedic Associates is the only orthopedic practice in the Tampa Bay area that specializes in outpatient joint replacement surgery.
Common Hip Procedures
Hip arthroscopy is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure that involves small incisions and the use of a camera fitted onto a small, slender tube. This type of procedures allows you to see into the hip and make repairs or debridement without a large incision.
Hip arthroscopy can help patients regain function of their hip and allows the patient to make a faster recovery.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Total Hip Arthroplasty)
Total hip replacement reconstructs replaces the arthritic joint with a hip prosthesis. It sounds scary, but many times the procedure can be done through a small incision.
Once fully healed, patients typically regain full and normal activity.
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is a unique procedure performed by few surgeons in the Tampa Bay area. It is most commonly prescribed for young men with premature hip arthritis.
By preserving both muscle and bone, the procedure allows patients to live with fewer limitations once fully healed.
How long does a hip replacement last?
Artificial hip joints in a total hip replacement surgery can last for decades, if they do not experience infection or complications or are re-injured. At Alexander Orthopaedic Associates, we have developed proprietary surgical techniques to ensure better patient outcomes and longer-lasting hip replacements.
If you need total hip replacement surgery, we invite you to learn about how the Alexander Outpatient Advantage ensures our patients recover faster and in the comfort of their own home.
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Hip surgery recovery process
With over 20 years of orthopedic surgical experience, we are the pioneers of the most innovative and effective surgical solutions for your hip joint injuries and conditions.
Advances in arthroscopy and arthroplasty techniques enables our Board Certified physicians to provide our patients with minimally invasive treatments and little muscle trauma.
We are also the only orthopedic practice in Tampa Bay to provide all of the necessary steps for joint rejuvenation and replacement under one roof.
Benefits of outpatient hip replacement surgery
Total hip replacement surgery can reduce pain and restore mobility. It can prevent worsening chronic or degenerative conditions and add years of happy, active living to a patient's life.
Having your hip replacement surgery performed in an outpatient environment reduces the time you spend in a hospital, reduces your chance of secondary infections, promotes a closer relationship between patient and surgeon, and gets you home faster so you can recover where you are most comfortable. Our Alexander Outpatient Advantage includes a total joint liaison to help you through the process and Medical and therapy teams prep your home and evaluate you after surgery.