Hip & Pelvis
Our physicians have extensive knowledge and education in diagnosing, treating and managing all conditions of the hip and pelvis including degenerative diseases such as arthritis, congenital deformities, and complete fracture and trauma care.
Our hip and pelvis expertise encompasses treatment of problems ranging from pelvis fractures to total hip replacements. Treatments are generally accompanied by a physical therapy regimen specific to the injury.
The hip is one of the most stable joints in the body. Because of its function in bearing the body’s weight, however, it is susceptible to arthritis due to excessive pressure over the years. Three common kinds of arthritis that affect the hip:
- Osteoarthritis – So called “wear and tear” arthritis generally occurs after the age of 50. In this form of arthritis, the cartilage cushioning the bones of the hip simply wears away. The bones then rub together, causing hip pain and stiffness.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – This is a disease in which the synovial membrane becomes irritated for unknown reasons, produces too much fluid and causes damage to the cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness.
- Traumatic Arthritis – This form of arthritis results from an injury or fracture. There are over 280,000 hip fractures in the United States every year. About half of all patients suffering from a hip fracture will lose their independence and may require long-term care.
The pelvis is a ring-like structure of bones at the lower end of the trunk. The two sides of the pelvis are actually three bones that grow together as people age. Many digestive and reproductive organs are located within the pelvic ring. The pelvis serves as an attachment point for muscles that reach down into the legs and up into the trunk of the body. With all of these vital structures running through the pelvis, a pelvic fracture can be associated with substantial bleeding, nerve injury, and internal organ damage.
Growing teens, especially those involved in sports, are one group of people at risk for a particular type of pelvic fracture. Many “pulled muscles” may actually be undetected fractures of the pelvis.
Elderly people with osteoporosis are also at risk for pelvic fractures. An individual may fracture the pelvis during a fall from standing, such as when getting out of the bathtub or descending stairs.
Most pelvic fractures involve high-energy forces, such as those generated in a motor vehicle accident, crush accident or fall. Depending on the direction and degree of the force, these injuries can be life-threatening and require surgical treatment.
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