Category Archives: Hip

Up and Running After a Total Hip Replacement

While many surgeons say no to resuming a running program after a total hip replacement, others say you can do so depending on the bone quality and the prosthetic materials used to replace the worn hip joint. In surgery, the damaged cartilage and bone are removed and replaced with metal, plastic or ceramic joint surfaces. […]

Tight Hips and Shrinking Muscles: Sitting in a Heap of Trouble

We are a country of workaholic couch potatoes. No matter how good our intentions, the sad fact is that many of us work 9-to-5 office jobs, sitting in a chair (and often sitting with terrible posture), hunched over a computer for the majority of the day. In addition to those myriad problems related to this […]

Total Hip Replacement: Getting Up and Going

If you are about to have your hip replaced, you will need to begin a rehabilitation program very soon after the procedure is completed. The type of rehabilitation will vary with the surgical technique used to attach the metal prosthesis to the femur. This artificial ball and stem can be affixed either with bony cement […]

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

Depending on how recently your hip surgery was performed, the hip pain you experience afterward could be quite normal. It will be minimized if you remember to diligently follow your surgeon’s specific instructions about what you can and cannot do in the first few weeks after surgery. In fact, a program of physical therapy exercises—begun […]

Core Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

Everyone seems to be talking about “core strengthening,” but many people don’t know what this phrase means. The body’s “core” refers to the muscles around the abdomen, pelvis, back, shoulders, chest and hips—the body’s center of gravity—all working together in a symphony of movement. As a result, it plays a role in virtually all activities. […]

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery?

Most people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip joint never need joint replacement surgery. Surgery only becomes an option if the person suffers from severe pain in the joint that is unrelieved by available treatment methods, with a dramatically impaired ability to perform daily activities and marked joint instability. Simpler treatments to relieve pain, increase […]

They Said They “Pinned” My Mother’s Hip – What Does That Mean?

“Pinning” is shorthand for surgical repair of a broken hip . In all likelihood, your mother suffered a fracture at or near where the femur (the large bone at the top of the leg) enters the hip joint. Also called “internal fixation,” this common procedure involves stabilizing the broken bones with steel rods, screws and/or […]

Hip Resurfacing: An Alternative to Hip Replacement

If your surgeon has suggested “resurfacing” your hip, he or she probably believes you are a good candidate for a newer procedure that has gained popularity in the past few years: hip resurfacing arthroplasty. Unlike a traditional hip replacement, where the entire head of the femur (the long bone in your thigh that fits into [...]

New Hip? Keep Up the Workouts

Total hip replacement has become a more common remedy for hip deterioration and pain in recent years. However, most physicians recommend continuing physical therapy afterward. Isn’t healing from the surgery enough? While total hip replacement is no excuse for avoiding activities that help you stay healthy and fit, many people who have had a total [...]

Get Hip to the Source of Groin Pain

Groin pain can have many causes, including a pulled muscle, hernia or pinched nerve in the back. However, one of the most common causes of groin pain is actually hip pain that is “referred” to the groin. While we usually associate our hip with the outside of the hip bone, the hip joint is actually […]