The hip joint is the largest joint in the body where your thigh bone meets the pelvis. It is also one of the most stable joints in the body, and for good reason; it must withstand a lot of forces and stresses throughout one's lifetime.
With many ligaments, tendons, and cartilage surrounding and stabilizing the joint, damage to this area can be very complicated. The most common condition people experience in this joint is osteoarthritis, whether from overuse and "wear-and-tear," trauma/injury, or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. As the structures weaken and bone begins to lose density, complications can be life-threatening.
Treatment for hip pain can be frustrating and ineffective as it is difficult to avoid bearing weight onto the joint.
Surgeries for hip fractures, the most common major complication from a fall in the older population, have bad outcomes. The National Institute of Health reported the 1-year mortality rate estimated to be 14%-58%, rising 4% per year in the elderly in 2010. ("The 1-Year Mortality of Patients Treated in a Hip Fracture Program for Elders", National Institute of Health, 2010).
The standard protocol for hip arthritis includes physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, and hip replacement surgeries that may require rehabilitation for up to a year.
The human body's ability to heal is extraordinary. However, that ability begins to wane as we age, and our bodies take longer to heal. If the daily recurring damage is greater than the body's healing capacity, the condition continues to worsen.
Here, at NexGen Healthcare, we use cutting-edge technology and procedures to put the area of concern in the best position to heal itself. We have seen countless patients who were told, "the only thing we can do for you is surgery," and after their time with us, most of them elect to not get surgery. They can now do things the way they want to do them with the people they love, and that's what we are all about.
There comes the point in time where that becomes true: surgery is your only option. But don't make that decision until you come and see us. Please, call us for a consultation today, and let's see what we can do for you.