House Call: Hip Replacements

Approximately 400,000 hip replacement surgeries will be performed in the United States this year alone.  This number will continue to rise each year as the baby boomer generation continues to age and as arthritis continues to be diagnosed in a younger, more athletically demanding population. 

More: PDF: Aching Hip Class

The first step toward properly treating hip arthritis and assessing need for joint replacement is locating the source of the pain.  Hip arthritis generates pain in the front, groin area.  Pain on the side of the hip is most often associated with a muscle issue, also known as bursitis.  Rear hip or buttock pain usually indicates a back or nerve condition. 

It is important to discuss your pain level and location with your doctor to receive proper referral and treatment.  Once hip arthritis or joint disease is diagnosed, doctors begin conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle modifications and cortisone injections.

If conservative treatments are failing to provide relief, and hip pain is beginning to debilitate daily life, it is time to discuss hip replacement with your doctor.  Fortunately, hip replacement surgery is one of the best orthopaedic procedures we have today, as it relieves hip pain and restores function.  Hip replacement surgery has had extremely successful results over the years, with predictable outcomes. 

Our community is home to an exceptional network of orthopaedic surgeons and related healthcare professionals that are well-trained and experienced in performing all available options in hip replacement procedures, including anterior total hip replacement procedure.  Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence is dedicated to educating and treating individuals with joint disease throughout the area.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Matthew Olin is an orthopedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff.  Dr. Olin is a 1998 graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Olin also completed the Otto E. Aufranc Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Mass., which focused on advanced surgical techniques in hip and knee replacement.

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