Joints may cause different problems at different points in our lives. Younger people, for example, may experience joint pain linked to athletic injury and/or genetics, whereas older people are more prone to osteoarthritis, the thinning and breakdown of cartilage between bones, which can cause joint pain. While different age groups often have different needs and issues, today’s technologies and advancements in orthopedic surgery are helping people of all ages to resume a healthy, active lifestyle.
In previous years, young active patients complaining of hip pain and injury were diagnosed with a pulled muscle or a groin strain. Over the last 10-15 years a new understanding of hip impingement has evolved. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), a common cause of hip pain, refers to pinching between the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (hip socket). The most common symptom of FAI is deep groin pain with certain activities such as twisting, turning or squatting. As the condition progresses pain is elicited with more subtle activities such as prolonged sitting or walking. Orthopaedic surgeons trained in hip arthroscopy and FAI can make the diagnosis by examining the hip and performing x-rays.
Every year, more than a quarter of a million Americans have hip replacement surgery. Similar to other medical procedures, there are different surgical approaches. The more traditional methods access the hip joint from either a posterior (back) or lateral (side) approach. Some orthopedic surgeons are now using a direct anterior (front) approach which is considered to be a muscle and tendon-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. It offers excellent stability and allows the patient to recover and mobilize without restrictions on leg position and hip motion immediately following surgery. Many patients have also been observed to have reduced post-operative pain and length of hospital stay.
If you or a family member has joint pain or arthritis pain in the hips, knees or shoulders, or has suffered a sports-related injury, I invite and encourage you to attend the upcoming free seminar. I will be discussing the direct anterior approach to hip replacement surgery as well as addressing the various causes and treatments for hip pain in younger patients.
This free seminar will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in the Pebble Creek Auditorium, Portneuf Medical Center. The doors will open at 6pm and the presentation will start at 6:30pm. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.
To register for this seminar, call 208-239-1048. To learn more about upcoming events and seminars at Portneuf, like us on Facebook or visit www.portnuef.org for events and classes.
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