Who Needs a New Hip? Symptoms that Indicate the Need for Hip Surgery

Hip pain is a common problem with many causes, including the wear and tear of aging. Arthritis and other conditions can cause inflammation, wear down the cartilage, and damage the joint. The result can be pain and stiffness that make it difficult to move through your day. Early on, over-the-counter pain medications may be enough to manage the discomfort. But over time, conservative treatment like pain medications may no longer be enough to manage the symptoms. 

Hip replacement surgery is a safe, effective option chosen by over 450,000 people in the United States each year. Hip replacement is performed by an orthopedic surgeon. A surgeon specializing in orthopedics diagnoses and treats conditions of connective tissues, joints, ligaments, and muscles. 

When you have hip pain, the top-rated orthopedic doctors at Firelands Physician Group have the skill and expertise to diagnose and treat your condition to give you the best possible outcome. We’ll get you back on your feet and back to doing the things you love.

But how do you know if hip surgery might be right for you?

6 Signs You May Need Hip Surgery

Most patients with hip pain and stiffness find that it eventually affects their quality of life. The chronic pain and loss of mobility interfere with their jobs, household tasks, and social life. Here are six reasons hip surgery may be right for you.

1.  Significant Joint Damage

Joint pain and stiffness are caused by the loss of the cushioning cartilage between the pelvic and femoral bones. It may be caused by inflammatory arthritis, age-related wear-and-tear, or other conditions. It’s painful, no matter the cause, and it won’t improve without surgery. If tests show significant damage, hip replacement surgery can give you back your quality of life.

2.  Significant Pain Despite Pain Medication

A damaged hip can cause pain from the hip joint to the knee. If you take pain medications but still live with significant chronic pain that affects your quality of life, and nothing else has helped, it may be time to consider surgery. Pain medications and other more conservative treatments are only good options until they don’t work anymore. 

3.  Unacceptable Side Effects from Pain Relievers

Pain relievers are typically safe and free of complications for short-term use. Over time, however, some pain relievers can cause unwelcome side effects. NSAIDs, especially, are known to cause ulcers, stomach irritation, and an increased risk of serious complications like stroke or blood clots. 

4.  Pain Affecting Your Emotional and Mental Health

Chronic pain doesn’t only affect your physical health. It affects your mental health too. And it’s not surprising. Living in pain is physically exhausting, keeps you from doing activities you enjoy, decreases your mobility, affects your sleep, and can affect your relationships. People with chronic pain are at risk of developing anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and more. Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services can help if you need a resource for mental wellness.

5.  Stiffness Limits Your Mobility

Pain isn’t the only symptom that can disrupt your life when you have hip damage. Joint stiffness can make it difficult to walk, bend, lift your leg, or stand for even short periods. Severe stiffness limits your mobility, affecting your day-to-day life. It can be a sign of a severely damaged hip.

6.  No Relief from Conservative Treatment

Most physicians will treat you with the least invasive option that relieves your symptoms, leaving surgical options as a last resort. If you’ve tried medications, physical therapy, or lifestyle changes without relief, your next best option may be surgery. 

Call Firelands for Expert Orthopedic Care

If you’re living with hip pain, you’ve got options. Firelands Regional Medical Center provides excellent orthopedic care, and our specialists in orthopedics are top-rated surgeons. You don’t have to travel outside of town to receive care that is available right in our community. Call Firelands for high-quality orthopedic care – we’ll get you back on your feet again. 

Learn more about the top-rated orthopedic surgeons at Firelands.