At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of hip injuries and conditions.
A hip doctor is a specialist who can treat patients dealing with hip pain, whether it is arthritis, a condition called femoroacetabular impingement, or an injury that affects the bone, cartilage, or surrounding tissues.
The hip joint, which is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body, can be injured in a variety of ways, such as a bone fracture. And although hip fractures sometimes require joint replacement, other times they may not.
Hip disorders can sometimes be challenging for a doctor to diagnose. That’s because the pain may appear in the groin, knee, or lower back instead of the hip. This is just one reason why it is important for a patient to find a specialty-trained hip doctor to treat their hip injury or hip pain through surgery or a nonsurgical treatment method.
These skilled orthopedic specialists and surgeons understand arthritis, hip bursitis, hip fractures, and other types of hip pain and conditions as well as the many bones and joints in the body. This means they can diagnose you properly and offer treatment, whether that is surgery, such as joint replacement surgery; a hip preservation treatment; or something else.
When It's Time to Seek Hip Care
When you have hip pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences hip issues differently, here are examples of common hip symptoms you may be noticing:
- Hip joint feels loose
- Limping or holding the knee stiff when walking
- Numbness or swelling
- One leg appears shorter than the other
- Pain in the groin region
- Pain when touching the hip
- Pulling sensation in the front of the hip
Having any of these symptoms above may indicate one of the following common hip problems or injuries:
- Hip arthritis
- Hip bursitis
- Hip dysplasia
- Labral tear
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a hip specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our hip doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Hip Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your hip issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your hip pain.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, Dr. Brian Blair, Dr. Michael Bohan, Dr. Justin Brothers, Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Edward Mikol, Dr. Tyler Noble, and Dr. Peter Ramsey, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating hip injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our hip specialists are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. At the same time, our hip surgeons will recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your hip pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your hip issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hip surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our convenient locations: Carolina Forest, Conway, Murrells Inlet, or Carolina Forest Satellite. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.