Treating Hip Impingement | DrBurke

What can I do for hip impingement pain?

Before hip impingement pain turns into a chronic condition, patients can always try treating their symptoms. Since hip impingement is like osteoarthritis, patients can utilize arthritis pain relief. Assess any hip pain and recognize the symptoms when looking for the proper treatment. When impingement is only causing minor pain, patients can use these tips for pain relief:

  • Apply ice or heat to calm down any pain sensations
  • Let the hips rest for a few days before returning to physical activity
  • Take over the counter medications that reduce hip pain from swelling
  • Sleep on top of pillows so the hip can elevate over night

Like arthritis, these home treatments are best for treating the hip pain symptoms. If a patient wants to treat the chronic hip disorder altogether, they should consult an orthopedic specialist who can recommend a diagnosis and treatment.

What if I need additional treatment for hip impingement?

If the hip pain symptoms continue even with home care and rest, the impingement may be worsening. Hip impingement can onset arthritis so, one condition may evolve into another which both lead to more chronic pain. So, patients should seek additional treatment for hip impingement. An orthopedic doctor can treat hip impingement pain with the following practices:

  • Stem cell therapy
  • Reconstructive hip surgery
  • Partial hip replacement surgery
  • Total hip replacement surgery

Treatment progresses as the condition progresses. If there is still tissue and cartilage around the bones, stem cell injections can help rebuild this preexisting support. However, if the bones are already rubbing together, a hip replacement will better suit the patient with their chronic hip pain symptoms.

How do I recover from hip impingement?

For nonsurgical treatment like stem cell therapy, patients will visit their orthopedic doctor for regular appointments. Each visit will focus on strengthening the hip with stem cell injections until there is more support within the joint. The orthopedic specialist will design a treatment plan to save any cartilage around the femur and pelvic bone. So, patients can expect a steady increase in hip strength and conditioning.

With hip replacement and reconstruction, these procedures will need assistance from the surgeon and physical therapist. A surgeon will go into the hip during the operation and replace the joint with an artificial piece. This artificial piece will act as a brand-new hip for the patient. Recovery from joint replacement or reconstruction involves physical therapy so the patient can relearn to stand and walk with their artificial hip. If the surgeon uses robotic tools during the procedure, incisions and recovery time are dramatically reduced.