Help for Hip Pain
Hip pain is a common problem that can be cause by a variety of issues including
arthritis, tendonitis, muscle strain, or hip fractures. Torrance Memorial
offers the full spectrum of treatments for painful hips, from physical
therapy to advance surgical options. Our specialized surgeons, all board
certified surgeons, are expert in assessing the cause and providing innovative
treatment solutions for painful hip problems.
Diseases of the Hip
Osteoarthritis ("Wear-and-Tear Arthritis)
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Often referred to
as "wear-and-tear" arthritis, the result is erosion of the normal
smooth cartilage exposing bare bone that causes severe pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a different condition from osteoarthritis. Though
the symptoms are similar (joint pain, stiffness and swelling) it is a
chronic inflammatory disease that is not caused by overuse. Patients with
rheumatoid arthritis experience uncomfortable and sometimes very rapid
weakening of multiple joints, resulting in severe pain and loss of function.
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
This is a genetic condition that causes dislocation of the hip joint.
Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
Caused by poor blood supply to a particular body part, this problem leads
to bone death.
Total Hip Replacement
Hip replacement, a common and highly successful procedure, typically is
performed when patients experience hip pain that interferes with their
ability to enjoy normal activities and can no longer be controlled with
Anterior (Front) Hip Replacement Approach
This form of hip replacement describes the surgical approach that accesses
a patient's hip from the front of the body. With an anterior approach,
the surgeon is able to operate in the natural opening between muscles
with detaching them from the pelvis or femur. The gluteal muscles are
left undisturbed and, therefore, do not require recovery time from surgical trauma.
Lateral Approach (Side) Hip Replacement Approach
Another common approach to hip replacement, the lateral approach accesses
the joint from the side. The hip abductor muscles are detached and re-attached,
a technique that decreases the likelihood of f hip dislocation and diminishes
the risk of injury to the sciatic nerve.
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
Torrance Memorial is proud to be among the few area hospitals to offer
patients the sophisticated and comprehensive Birmingham hip-resurfacing
approach, which can be ideal for patients under age 65 with active lifestyles.
This technique shaves and caps a few millimeters of bone within the joint
rather than total replacement, an innovative approach that relieves pain
and allows patients a faster return to their normal activities. Torrance
Memorial delivers state-of-the-art preoperative, surgical and post-operative
care for the Birmingham approach that is based on the proven European
hip resurfacing model.
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