Hip Center

Orthopedic Hip Surgery in Spartanburg, Duncan and Greenville, SC

Many hip joint problems are related to arthritis. Other joint problems can be caused by osteonecrosis, and cartilage tears. Whenever possible, our physicians treat joint disorders through non-surgical options such as medication, therapy and splinting.

Hip injuries are extremely common in people of all ages, especially those who play sports, who are carrying extra weight, and seniors. Even when an injury occurs in the hip, it may also compromise other closeby areas such as sciatica, leg, groin, or spine. When symptoms are present in these areas, it may be difficult to diagnose the hip injury. 

The hip joint is one of the most important and flexible joints in the human body. It allows us to walk, run, bed, and perform many physical activities. It is a ball and socket joint formed between the hip bone and femur; surrounded by muscles and ligaments, making it very strong and sturdy to try to prevent dislocation. However, sometimes dislocation among many other common injuries can happen. 

Common Hip Injuries

Although there are very strong bones and muscles surrounding the hip, there are still very many injuries that can occur depending on the activity, someone’s age, and health background. Here are some of the many common hip injuries:

  • Fracture – A hip fracture is a break that occurs near the hip in the upper part of the femur, or thighbone. This is commonly caused by minor trauma in elderly patients, and a high-level trauma in young patients, such as a car accident
  • Bursitis – A painful condition caused by inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that is present in all joints to help reduce friction and provide cushion during movement
  • Dislocation – This happens when the head of the femur moves out of the socket of the joint
  • Labral Tear – This is an injury to the cartilage that surrounds the outside rim of the hip joint socket, called the labrum

 

There are a variety of hip conditions and disorders that our specialists treat. If you do not see a condition below, please contact our office and we will answer any questions you may have.

Common Hip Treatments

Hip Pain

The ball and socket hip joint is important because it stabilizes and moves the trunk or core. An accident, injury or medical condition can cause hip pain that makes performing everyday movements and activities difficult. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist should be made if a serious accident or injury causes hip pain or non-accident/noninjury related hip pain does not go away on its own.

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Hip Arthritis
Hip arthritis is a common condition that inflames and damages hip bone, cartilage and soft tissue. Mild hip arthritis can be aggravating and uncomfortable. Moderate to severe hip arthritis can make it difficult to perform everyday movements and decrease the quality of life. Because hip arthritis is a chronic condition, treatment is centered around slowing down or stopping disease progression. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist should be made at the first sign of hip arthritis symptoms.
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Hip Fracture
A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the thigh bone (femur) near its articulation with the pelvis. A hip fracture may make it difficult to walk, bear weight, stand or sit. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist should be made as soon as possible after an accident or injury causes hip fracture symptoms.
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Hip Bursitis
Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that lie between joint bones and soft tissues. The two hip bursae are located on the hip bone point (the greater trochanter) and the inside of the hip near the groin. Hip bursitis is inflammation of the hip bursae. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist should be made when hip bursitis symptoms are experienced.
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Hip surgery is suggested only when all other options have been exhausted. Our Hip Center Experts are dedicated to treating patients with the most effective course of treatment available.

Common Hip Treatments

Hip Arthroscopy
Hip arthroscopy is a new minimally invasive treatment option that treats many hip injuries and conditions. Patients who experience hip pain are encouraged to make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedics and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hip specialist to receive an official diagnosis and find out if hip arthroscopy is an appropriate treatment option.
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Hip Injury Prevention

Due to the importance of the hip to function in everyday life, it is important to protect the hips as much as you can and prevent as many injuries as possible. There are many things you can do to help reduce the risk of a hip injury, which include but are not limited to:

 

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice proper posture
  • Cushion hips while sleeping
  • Wear comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Warm-up and stretch before and after exercise
  • Include resistance exercises in your workouts
  • Modify exercises if needed due to pain

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