When a patient with hip pain visits a physician on the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush hip multi-specialty team, they typically begin by reviewing non-surgical options. This may include the use of walking aids and physical therapy as well as anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers and cortisone injections.
If non-surgical methods don't relieve the pain or get the patient back to the desired functional level, surgical procedure options are discussed. Most often, they include hip arthroscopy and hip replacement (arthroplasty).
Healthy Hip Program
The Problem of Hip Pain in Children and Young Adults
Every day, thousands of children and young adults suffer from pain caused by hip disorders. Traditionally, treatment for hip pain for patients in this age group involved little more than a prescription of activity moderation, anti-inflammatory medicines, and painkillers. At the onset of joint disease, pain typically occurs during or just after physical activity. Over time, however, the pain becomes more frequent and many people may have hip pain even when at rest.
Unfortunately, hip replacement for children and young adults is not an optimal treatment option due to activity restrictions and the limited lifespan of the artificial joint. A patient who gets a hip replacement at a very young age may require multiple hip surgeries over the course of his or her lifetime.
In an effort to address this major orthopedic health issue, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush has established the first comprehensive orthopedic program in the Chicago area specializing in the treatment of acute, chronic, and degenerative hip conditions for these patients.
The goal of the Healthy Hip Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is to preserve the hip and help patients return to a full, active life. The program is geared toward children and young adults with acquired or early degenerative hip problems, sports injuries, or dysplasia. It offers alternatives to hip replacement to a patient population that suffers from chronic hip pain and bony deformities.
The Healthy Hip Program combines MOR's top-ranked physicians with emerging technologies to diagnose and treat individuals with chronic and degenerative hip conditions. MOR physicians are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of these problems, which may help patients avoid or postpone total hip replacement.