Hip & Upper Leg
The hip is one of the main weight-bearing joints in the body. It’s made up of a complex mix of components including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center specializes in treatments designed to keep you doing what you love.
Expert Support Where You Need It Most
The hip is one of the main weight-bearing joints in the body. It’s made up of a complex mix of components including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues Any of these can cause pain or mobility issues — with potential long-term disability down the line. It is important to be examined by an experienced specialist immediately after trauma or the first sign of discomfort.
The good news is you can stay ahead of these issues — because Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center specializes in treatments designed to keep you doing what you love. Our practice has delivered tens of thousands of hip and upper leg examinations and treatments for friends, family, coworkers and neighbors throughout your community and the state — with a hard-earned reputation for results. We have a deep well of experience, specialization and both non-surgical and surgical options to get you back in action. And together we’ll find what’s right.
You may have a hip or upper leg injury if:
- Your hip or upper leg is stiff and doesn’t allow full movement
- Your hip or upper leg lacks strength to perform your daily activities
- You are unable to walk or perform normal functions
- You regularly experience severe pain
Arthritis is inflammation that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more of your joints. It can be caused by natural aging, injury, inflammation, or even a bodily disease. In the United States, 23% of all adults — more than 54 million people — have arthritis, most common osteoarthritis. There are many nonsurgical and operative treatments for arthritis depending on the condition’s stage and the cause. The appropriate treatment plan is determined on a case-by-case by in close consultation with your Orthopaedics East Physician and Care Team.
Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone, called tendons. It is primarily caused by but not limited to repetitive stress or a sudden increase in intensity or physical activity. Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee are all forms of tendonitis. Early symptoms include pain and tenderness over the affected tendon or bone to which it attaches. If tendonitis is not recognized or diagnosed early, it can lead to more severe issues including tears and ruptures.
Osteonecrosis (also called avascular necrosis (AVN) or aseptic necrosis) is a painful condition that occurs when the blood supply to the head of the femur (thighbone) is disrupted causing the articular cartilage covering the hip bones to collapse, potentially leading to destruction of the joint and disabling arthritis.
The hip is shaped like a ball-and-socket. The socket is called the acetabulum, and the ball is the femoral head, located at the top of the femur (leg bone). A hip labral tear is an injury to the labrum, the soft tissue that covers the acetabulum, which helps the femoral head move smoothly and without pain in the socket.
Femoracetabular Impingement (FAI)
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition in which one or both of the bones of the hip joint are irregularly shaped and do not fit together perfectly. This can lead to excessive bone growth, causing the bones to rub against each other during movement. Over time this friction can damage the joint, causing pain and limiting activity.
- Prosthesis Removal
- Snapping Hip
- Sprains and Fractures
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