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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained hip doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating hip injuries and conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Joint pain felt in the front of the hip, along the outside of the hip, in the groin, 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

Additionally, if you develop a fever or the area on or around your hip becomes red or warm, seek immediate treatment, as these are signs of an infection.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you could be suffering from a hip condition, such as osteoarthritis or bursitis, or an acute injury, such as a fracture, dislocation, or labral tear. It is important that you listen to your body’s cues. Disregarding these symptoms can allow your condition to worsen, exacerbate pain, and potentially, necessitate a more invasive course of treatment.

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we know that hip pain can be extremely uncomfortable, debilitating, and disruptive to your active lifestyle. Our hip doctor understands that a prompt and accurate diagnosis is crucial to determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.

Our hip doctor is committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our hip doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

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Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the hip, our esteemed hip specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating hip injuries and conditions.

Our hip doctor, Dr. Nathan Cafferky, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your hip injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics hip doctor, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.


Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.


Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.


The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

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Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.