Frequently Asked Questions
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we strive to provide our patients the specialized orthopedic care you deserve.
Please use the links provided to access answers to frequently asked questions about orthopedics, orthopedic specialists, and common tests and treatment definitions.
Can you develop arthritis in your hip?
Hips are the second most common joint to develop osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs over time as wear and tear damages the cartilage that covers the surface of bones in your hip joint. As cartilage wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain and inhibiting movement.
What strains or tears occur in your hip?
Since your hip is one of the major weight-bearing joints, its muscles, ligaments, and tendons are susceptible to strains and tears.
A hip strain occurs when a muscle is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Hip strains often affect tendons that attach muscles to your hip bone. While any daily activity can cause hip strains, they are often sports-related.
Hip labral tear
The labrum is a rim of cartilage that surrounds the hip socket, improving stability and protecting the joint’s surface. You may develop a labral tear from an athletic injury, repetitive movement, or a structural problem that causes abnormal contact between bones in the hip joint.
What types of inflammatory conditions occur in your hips?
Hip pain often stems from inflammation due to muscle and labral tears, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and synovitis. Two conditions commonly treated by the doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are:
Bursae are tiny fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between bones and soft tissues. When the bursae become inflamed, you have bursitis. Trochanteric bursitis develops in the bursa that protects your hip from a bony protrusion on the leg bone. Injury, overuse, or rheumatoid arthritis can cause it.
Iliotibial band tendonitis
The iliotibial band consists of flexible tissue that runs from your hip, past your knee, then attaches to your tibia, the larger of your two lower leg bones. Iliotibial band tendonitis is an overuse injury that occurs from repetitive friction of the band against bones.
Which hip replacement procedures are performed?
When you have ongoing hip pain and restricted movement, your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery, such as:
- Total hip replacement: your doctor removes damaged bone and cartilage and replaces them with prosthetics
- Anterior total hip replacement: performed through the front of your hip rather than the side
- Revision hip replacement: surgery to remove and replace worn hip prosthetics
Please don’t hesitate to call and have your hip pain evaluated and treated by the doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Associates.