Has the onset of hip pain left you or a loved one with questions? The section below will help you better understand conditions that can cause hip pain and discomfort, and learn about available treatments that can bring relief, including hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty).
Symptoms & Causes
As people age, sore, stiff or achy hips become common. Indications of a more serious hip condition, however, may include: sudden onset of sharp, shooting hip pain; dull persistent pain in or around the hip joint; reduced flexibility or range of motion; difficulty walking; or unusual swelling in the hip or upper thigh.
The cause and severity of hip pain will determine how doctors treat it. Patients, caregivers and surgeons work closely to develop a treatment plan, which may include a range of non-surgical options, given alone or in combination.
Total hip arthroplasty is the second most common joint replacement procedure, after knee replacements. The procedure usually takes a couple of hours, and is followed by weeks or months of carefully monitored recovery and rehabilitation.
As with any surgery, recovery times from a hip replacement vary from patient to patient. Some people can resume daily life activities in a few weeks, while others may take several months.