At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained hip doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with hip injuries and conditions.
Hip specialists are doctors with a deep understanding not only of the ball-and-socket hip joint itself but all the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of the hip, including its ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Beyond this, hip specialists also offer effective treatments, whether minimally invasive or surgical, like various hip replacement surgeries, such as total hip replacement and anterior hip replacement.
When a patient breaks a hip, they need expert medical treatment from an orthopedic doctor or surgeon who can offer specialized musculoskeletal primary and follow-up care, not only to manage the pain but also to ensure proper healing. If the fracture damage is severe, the hip doctor or surgeon may recommend surgery or hip replacement.
Hip problems are common for older adults (typically hip fractures/broken bones). This includes those with arthritis or brittle bones due to osteoporosis, which results in many older people requiring new hips. However, anyone can suffer from a hip issue. In fact, as more young people have begun to participate in high-impact athletics in recent years, they have been experiencing hip problems at higher rates. Many of these hip issues can be treated without surgery. However, partial or total hip replacement and hip preservation for younger people are becoming more common.
When Should I Seek Surgery or Other Care From a Hip Specialist?
Hip disorders and injuries can result in a variety of symptoms and may even affect your knee. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with a doctor or orthopedic surgeon, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain. People with hip problems sometimes report symptoms such as:
- Knee pain
- Limping to avoid more hip pain
- Muscle spasms in the knee or hip
- Outer thigh pain
- Pain in the groin
- Pain when trying to lift the knee
- Swelling over the hip
- Unable to sleep on your side with the affected hip
If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, you may have one of the following hip issues:
- Cartilage damage
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Hip bursitis
- IT band syndrome
- Labral tear
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports medicine issue
- Trochanteric bursitis
What to Expect With Our Hip Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our doctors will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment before recommending surgery, such as physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, in-office orthobiologics, and weight management through the customized LeanMD health program.
When surgery is necessary, our surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ the latest techniques in performing advanced procedures, from hip replacement to hip arthroscopy, to help restore your function. Additionally, as part of our Hip & Knee Center, our hip surgeons and knee surgeons work together to offer you comprehensive care to help you live with reduced hip pain and restored hip joint function.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including our specialty-trained hip surgeons and doctors, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic medical experts.
Our specialty-trained hip experts are specialists whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including the hip. Dr. Jerome Dunklin, Dr. Paramjeet Gill, Dr. Matthew Knedel, Dr. Michael Nuzzo, Dr. Michele Schulz, Dr. Matthew Simons, Dr. David Taylor, Dr. Steven Thaxter, and Dr. Thomas Thomas are trained in the anatomy and function of the hip as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect it. From hip arthritis to hip dysplasia, our doctors understand if nonoperative treatment is best or if a procedure like total hip replacement surgery is needed. They'll work with you to find the right treatment plan to reduce your hip pain and get you back to doing what you love.
If you have a hip condition or injury that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized hip care you deserve.