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Regenerative Orthopedics for Chronic, Persistent Hip Pain

The main reason patients with hip pain come to OrthoRegen is to avoid hip replacement surgery, which is usually due to damage caused by hip arthritis. The majority of folks have received years of different types of treatments such as multiple cortisone injections, prescriptions for NSAIDs (which actually degenerate articular cartilage further), and other therapies that have failed to sufficiently relieve their pain. They have tried the different treatments offered by their doctor and orthopedic surgeons, only to find that they haven’t worked.  The degenerative arthritis in their hip hasn’t stopped, and their hips just aren’t functioning like they want or need them to. And now, their “ortho doc” is recommending hip replacement, but they don’t want that and are looking for a way to avoid the surgery! Regenerative Orthopedics gives them a non-surgical option and an alternative to hip replacement surgery.

The Hip and Arthritis

The hip is a ball and socket joint that connects the leg to the pelvis. It has very large ligaments that work to stabilize the hip and prevent injuries. The hip joint has a ring of cartilage that seals the ball and socket called the labrum, which helps to provide movement between the leg and pelvis. Overuse injuries or traumatic injuries to these various soft tissue structures damage them (ligaments, tendons, and/or hip labrum) and put into motion the arthritis cycle. As this cycle progresses, arthritis pain becomes a source of persistent and often unrelenting pain and disability, which puts a damper on everyday activities, and sometimes makes even the simplest of tasks difficult to accomplish. That is why so many people turn to Regenerative Orthopedics for Chronic Hip Pain treatment.

What Causes Hip Pain?

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic hip pain. Symptoms may include pain while driving or pain with sitting for longer periods of time. Other symptoms include limited motion in the hip, with stiffness, pain, and soreness. Have you started to waddle? Waddling is definitely something we observe in those with hip arthritis.

Arthritis, and the loss of cartilage that accompanies it, did not just happen overnight! At some point the hip joint was destabilized by injury. Most of our patients can recall some type of trauma to the hip, or even a previous hip procedure. Traumas will injure the ligaments, tendons, and labrum, which set the hip joint up to be unstable. The ongoing instability causes abnormal motion in the hip joint which wears out and promotes degeneration of the hip structures. Left unrepaired, this instability in the hip joint encourages the arthritis cycle. Abnormal motion leads to wear of the joint structures, which causes more abnormality in the hip motion, which destroys the hip joint further.  How does surgery cause arthritis to worsen? In surgeries, like hip arthroscopy, the surgeon reshapes, shaves, and/or removes structures in the hip. The cutting, shaving, and scraping of the hip joint structures worsens the instability. Surgery itself stretches out the ligaments and tendons of the hip, just to get the large arthroscope into the hip, and the stretching weakens the ligaments and tendons. In the end, this all adds to the abnormal motion and instability of the joint. 

Labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, and hip dysplasia are a few other structural hip disorders that can cause chronic joint pain and promote ongoing joint instability, and later, the development of arthritis. Surgeons may recommend surgery for all of these conditions. But conservative, non-surgical options, including Regenerative Orthopedics, should be considered prior to opting for surgery. 

How Regenerative Orthopedics Is Used To Treat Chronic Hip Pain

Have other treatments failed to give you the relief from pain you seek, or the return to function you once enjoyed? Regenerative Orthopedics are very successful at changing many patients lives for the better by decreasing pain and stiffness levels, boosting exercise ability, and lowering or eliminating the need for pain medication.

As with other joints, musculoskeletal pain is usually due to weakness in the ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue, like the labrum. Regenerative Orthopedics can strengthen the weak and injured soft tissue, repair the injury, and regenerate damaged tissue, which ultimately alleviates and resolves the pain.

The regenerative solutions are injected into the affected hip ligaments, tendons, labrum, and associated joint structures, which stimulates the body’s natural healing cascade to initiate repair to the area. New collagen is deposited, and since this is the material in which ligaments and tendons are made, the result is tighten and stronger soft tissue structures.

Our goal at OrthoRegen is for our patients to have an active, healthy, pain-free life. Regenerative Orthopedic solutions are very safe, affordable options that allow you to keep working, training, and living a normal life without the need for an extended recovery process. In cases of severe degeneration, the Gold Standard in Stem Cell Therapy may be recommended for optimal repair and return to function.  When you receive Regenerative Orthopedic treatments for chronic hip pain, movement will be encouraged, rather than immobilization, because movement is important, and even essential to the healing process.

Are You A Candidate for Regenerative Orthopedics for Chronic Hip Pain?

Would you like a second opinion before you have irreversible hip surgery for your unrelenting, chronic hip pain?  Schedule a consultation and find out if you are a good candidate for our Regenerative Orthopedic treatments. Contact us today for a consultation, or call OrthoRegen at (310) 453-1234.

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