The hip is a complex system of bones, cartilage and other soft tissues. For this reason, there are different types of hip surgeons and doctors for different types of injuries and conditions:
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint composed of two bones:
These bones are connected by a complex system of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other tissues. Injuries and conditions can affect any one or a combination of them. Some of the more common ones include:
An injury to the hip can cause pain or weakness and limit range of motion.
Hip injury and conditions symptoms can include:
Make an appointment if:
Not all hip injuries require surgery. Many can be treated with non-operative treatments such as:
If you have hip pain, you should see a specialist to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. If your hip pain has no obvious cause, you may first opt to see a sports medicine physician or physiatrist. These specialized doctors can determine whether nonsurgical treatments such as changes to your activities or physical therapy may help. They may also advise you to consult an orthopedic surgeon, such as when hip arthritis is suspected.
If your pain is related to an acute injury that happened during running or jumping, or if you are concerned you may have fractured your hip, you should meet with an orthopedic surgeon. If your surgeon determines that you don’t need an operation, they will give you a medical treatment plan to help get you back on your feet. Or they may refer you to a nonsurgical musculoskeletal doctor or physical therapist.
Whether you first consult a doctor or a surgeon, they may order imaging of your hip to help make an accurate diagnosis. X-rays, MRIs and other imaging technologies are available onsite.
The hip physicians and surgeons at HSS Florida are highly specialized in sports medicine and orthopedics. They apply this world-renowned expertise to help reduce your pain, improve function and movement and restore your quality of life.
If you currently have hip pain, or if your primary care doctor has recommended you see a specialist, find the best orthopedic surgeon or physician at HSS Florida for your particular condition.