There are few conditions that can limit an individual’s mobility as much as chronic hip pain, which can make walking and even sitting difficult propositions. Fortunately, many individuals experiencing enduring hip pain can find relief through a hip joint replacement procedure. At North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic near Chapel Hill, our fellowship-trained surgeons are experts in all types of orthopedic conditions and can help you find the pain relief you have been searching for. When you contact us, we will provide a consultation to discuss your symptoms and medical history, then recommend the best course of action, including potential non-surgical treatments.
Hip Pain Causes
In most cases, chronic hip pain is the result of some form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which is caused by years of natural wear and tear, is most common, though rheumatoid arthritis, which causes chronic inflammation, is also fairly common. Two other potential causes are post-traumatic arthritis and avascular necrosis, which can result from past hip injuries.
Hip Replacement Surgery
If a hip joint replacement procedure is needed to alleviate your pain, the damaged bone and cartilage in the joint will be replaced with metal and plastic prosthetic implants. A metal or ceramic ball will be anchored into the femur to replace the femoral head, covered with a plastic spacer, and inserted into a metal socket. The spacer will allow the other components to glide smoothly.
If you are curious whether a hip joint replacement procedure might be right for you, contact North Carolina Orthopedic Clinic today to schedule an appointment at our facility near Chapel Hill.