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The hip is a ball-and-socket joint connecting the head of the femur (upper thigh bone) to the bones that make up the pelvis. Hip pain can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a progressive condition that has developed over time, such as bursitis and arthritis, to an acute injury, such as a fracture or dislocation.


At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained hip doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating hip injuries and conditions.

When Should I Consult a Hip Specialist?

While hip pain can be the result of trauma or acute injury, it most commonly arises in conjunction with an orthopaedic condition that has developed over time. If left untreated, cases involving inflammatory or degenerative diseases, like hip bursitis and hip osteoarthritis, can cause severe pain and immobility, and surgery may be introduced as a viable option for relieving pain and restoring mobility. 


It may be time to seek treatment from a hip specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hip pain:


  • Pain in or around the front of the hip, in the groin, along the outside of the hip, or over the buttock area 

  • Discomfort and swelling in the thigh and knee

  • Joint inflammation or muscle spasms in the hip (especially if causing fluid buildup in the hip joint)

  • Inability to walk without pain 

  • Inability to bend or rotate the hip without pain

  • Soreness or a throbbing sensation while sleeping or resting

  • Limping or the inability to walk comfortably on the affected side


Disregarding these symptoms can allow your condition to worsen, exacerbate pain, and potentially necessitate a more invasive course of treatment. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, we know that hip pain can be extremely uncomfortable, debilitating, and disruptive to your active lifestyle. Our hip doctors understand that a prompt and accurate diagnosis is crucial to determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.


I could not walk more than 10 ft when I entered the Vail- Summit Orthopedic & Neurosurgery clinic last April. I was able to get my hip surgery quickly, and 2.5 months later, I am walking upright about 3 miles a day without pain. I can't say enough about how efficient the staff was and how clearly they explained the pre-surgery, intra-operative, and post-operative processes. The doctor and his team were always kind, made themselves available, and were interested in my needs along with my post-operative progress. A huge thank you to VSON and your fantastic team!

Karen K.

Common Hip Conditions

Total Hip Reconstruction

Hip osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs when hip joint cartilage — the tissue that cushions the ends of bones — breaks down over time. Osteoarthritis of the hip commonly affects people over the age of 50 and can cause severe pain and stiffness in and around the hip joint. When hip arthritis begins to impact mobility and quality of life, a total hip replacement may be right for you. The hip replacement specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery will walk you through your treatment options and recommend a procedure that is best for you, your anatomy, and your activity level.

Our Doctors That Treat Hip Conditions

Our Hip Replacement Doctors


Personalized Hip Care for Your Lifestyle

Don't let hip pain keep you from living your best possible life! The hip doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. Contact VSON today, and our hip specialists will work with you to assess, diagnose, and treat your hip injury or conditions.

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