Hip Surgeon in Kirkland, WA
The hip joint is composed of two bones (femur and pelvis) and the acetabular labrum. The round head of the femur articulates with the cup-like acetabulum of the pelvis. It is considered a “ball and socket” joint. The acetabular labrum is a ring of specialized cartilage that deepens the acetabulum (socket) and helps grip the femoral head (ball).
What Are the Top Causes of Hip Pain?
Hip pain caused by arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or an injury, can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. If hip pain continues to get worse, it may be due to worsening arthritis or an injury that requires further treatment. Pain from a hip injury or condition can radiate to areas surrounding your hip joint, including your groin, upper thigh, outer buttock, or lower back. Schedule an appointment if you have this type of continuing pain, especially if twisting movements are painful, or if you have limited range of motion.
Common Hip Injuries Seen by Dr. Fuchs
Hip injuries are becoming more prevalent among athletes. Labral tears and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) are now commonly diagnosed causes of hip pain. These injuries are best managed by a specialized surgeon that adapts to each patient’s needs. Minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques can be used to treat these hip injuries.
What Are the Best Treatment Options for Hip Arthritis?
Hip arthritis is increasing at epidemic rates. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Hip replacement is a very effective surgery for relieving pain from arthritis. Improved surgical techniques and the development of new materials have made hip replacement one of the most successful and reliable orthopedic procedures.
When Do You Need a Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement is a very effective surgery for treating arthritis. Improved surgical techniques have made hip replacement one of the most successful orthopedic surgeries. In a total hip replacement procedure, damaged cartilage and bone are replaced in both the ball and socket of your hip joint.
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