Hip Injuries and Pain

Patients across the United States have been turning to non-surgical stem-cell treatments hip injuries, hip arthritis, avascular necrosis, osteonecrosis, hip bursitis and other degenerative problems related to the hip joint.

Adult stem cell therapy may help heal and alleviate hip problems with a same-day injection procedure by amplifying the concentration of a person’s own stem cells in the problem area, improving the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.

Hip pain can be very difficult to deal with on a day-to-day basis and traditionally requires long-term pain management if the problem is not corrected. Hip surgery, hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing are often the only medical options presented to a patient to deal with their debilitating pain. If you are considering a hip replacement, you might want to learn more about how stem cells stack up against hip replacements.

Hip surgeries are typically very traumatic and are often followed by months of pain and discomfort while attempting to redevelop strength and mobility. Hip pain patients who undergo regenerative therapies usually walk the same day, and most experience little recovery time.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that causes pain or swelling in the body’s joints. Most commonly, it is caused by nothing more than the wear and tear of aging, but may also be caused by injury, genetic defects, or from being overweight. Osteoarthritis of the hip can be difficult to diagnose due to the different locations that are affected. The pain can be very dull at times, yet sharp at other times and can affect the groin, thigh, buttocks, or knee. Aside from pain, symptoms include tenderness and swelling around the joint, grating sensations accompanied by cracking sounds, and stiffness in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time.

Typical treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip begins with pain management. Anti-inflammatory and pain medication, exercises to loosen up the joint (i.e. swimming), support devices (braces and canes), and corticosteroid injections are some of the methods to manage pain. This is followed by a change in the patient’s lifestyle, including diet and weight loss if needed, rest during a flare-up, and applying hot or cold compresses to the affect joints. Surgery is an option for people with extreme pain after more conventional treatments are attempted. In this case, stem cell injections may be a possible alternative to surgery. Learn more…

Labral Tears

The labrum is the ring of cartilage that follows the outside rim of the joint socket in the hip. It acts like a gasket to help hold the ball at the top of the thighbone securely within the hip socket. Sometimes it can tear, due to structural abnormalities, repetitive motions, and traumatic injuries – most commonly in people who participate in football, hockey, soccer, and dancing. Although a labral tear doesn’t always show symptoms, some may feel stiffness or pain in the hip or a locking/catching sensation in the hip joint.

Treating labral tears depends on the severity of the symptoms. It will usually begin with anti-inflammatory medication, followed by physical therapy and activity modification. At times, if conventional methods of treatment aren’t improving the symptoms, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended. During a hip arthroscopy, a small camera is placed into the hip joint, allowing the surgeon to remove or repair the torn tissue with only minimum incision. Another option may be to receive stem cell injections to treat the damaged tissue in the hip. Learn more…

Articular Cartilage Injuries

Articular cartilage is found in the hip, between the femur and the hip socket, allowing the bones to smoothly glide over each other. Due to wear and tear or overuse, it can tear or become damaged. Articular cartilage injuries often occur in conjunction with other hip injuries. Symptoms of damaged articular cartilage typically include pain and swelling in the joint. At times, the hip may “lock” due to loose pieces of cartilage in the socket.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help bring down the swelling and ease the pain of cartilage damage. Physical therapy and change of lifestyle may also be suggested, but in more severe cases of articular cartilage damage, non-surgical treatment may only provide short-term relief and surgery may be required to repair the damage and remove anything causing the hip to lock up. For some patients, stem cell therapy may be an option to treat inflammation and pain. Learn more…

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