Orthopedic Hip Specialist in Michiana
Orthopedic Hip Surgery in Elkhart, Granger, Goshen, Middlebury and Nappanee, IN
Hip Pain and Injury Care Northern Indiana
As one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body, your hips allow you to maintain balance and stability and allow your legs to move and rotate. If you’re experiencing hip pain or restricted mobility, you have many options for treatment.
At OSMC, our specially trained doctors are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions of the hip. We offer surgical and nonsurgical treatment approaches for hip pain.
Common Orthopedic Hip Conditions
We treat the following hip issues and more:
- Strains in the muscles surrounding the hip
- Pain in the hip
- Hip fracture
- Hip impingement
- Degeneration of the joint
- Traumatic injury
- Muscle strain
- Hip bursitis
- Abnormalities of the joint
- Avascular necrosis
Hip Condition Symptoms
If you are experiencing hip pain or any of these symptoms, you should see one of our physicians here at OSMC.
- Constant or intermittent stiffness in the hip
- Limited range of motion at the hip joint
- Hip pain which may also cause pain in the knee and ankle in the same leg
- You are unable to walk due to hip pain
- Pain in the hip with certain activities, like going up the stairs, getting up from a chair, or lying on your side
Types of Hip Surgery
- Hip arthroscopy
- Revision hip surgery
- Total hip replacement
- Partial hip replacement
- Hip resurfacing
Hip Surgery FAQs
When Should I See a Hip Surgeon?
There are many reasons you should see a hip specialist, including but not limited to:
- Excessive swelling
- Hip pain after a bad fall
- Hip pain that gets worse with activity
- Hip pain and stiffness that do not go away
- Advanced arthritis of the hip
When is a Hip Replacement Needed?
A hip replacement surgery is usually needed when the hip joint is so worn out or damaged that it hurts even when you're resting and makes it hard to move. A total hip replacement is commonly needed due to these conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip fracture
- Disorders that cause bone deformities
How is a Hip Replacement Performed?
During a hip replacement, the surgeon removes the damaged parts of the hip joint and puts in new parts, which are usually made of metal, ceramic, or very hard plastic. This new, artificial joint helps relieve pain and improve the overall function of the hip.
What is Recovery from Hip Surgery Like?
After hip replacement surgery, you'll have a higher risk of blood clots in your legs for a short time. That's why it's important to move as soon as possible after surgery. You will have to sit up and walk with crutches by the next day.
When you get home, physical therapy will be a big part of your healing, and how long it takes will depend on how well you do in your therapy.
Here are some tips to help you with your recovery at home:
- Make plans for you, a friend, or a family member to cook some meals ahead of time
- Put things you use every day at waist level so you don't have to bend or reach for them
- You might want to get a shower chair and a raised toilet seat
- Put your phone, tissues, TV remote, medicine, and books near where you'll spend most of your time while recovering
The length of time it takes to fully recover from a hip replacement surgery varies from person to person, but most people are doing well three months after surgery, and they usually keep getting better during the first year.
OSMC Hip Specialists
Here at OSMC, our physicians are dedicated to helping you achieve a pain-free lifestyle. If you are experiencing hip pain or any symptoms of a hip condition, give us a call at (574)241-0190 or set up an appointment online.