Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is one of the most successful orthopedic procedures performed today. For patients with hip pain due to a variety of conditions, THA can relieve pain, can restore function, and can improve quality of life.
The normal hip functions as a “ball-and-socket” joint. The femoral head (ball) articulates with the acetabulum (socket), allowing smooth range of motion in multiple planes. Any condition that affects either of these structures can lead to deterioration of the joint. This, in turn, can lead to deformity, pain, and loss of function. The most common condition affecting the hip in this way is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that may affect the hip adversely include inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, etc), developmental dysplasia, childhood hip disorders (Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, etc), trauma, neoplasms, and osteonecrosis.
Are you 65 or older and having severe hip pain? Are you thinking about whether a total hip replacement is needed?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen to discuss what other options are available. Ask her about exercises that may help with your pain and/or strengthening your muscles. You can receive a handout to take home.