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Our hip doctor is a recognized expert in the field and has the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of hip injuries and conditions.

The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body, and when it hurts, it can be extremely painful. Hip pain can happen for a number of reasons, such as after a fall resulting in a hip fracture. Or, it can also be due to a wear and tear condition that has developed over time, like arthritis. In some instances, if hip problems are not detected early, they can worsen and cause extreme pain. If this happens, surgery is often the best option to reduce the pain.

Know When It’s Time to See a Hip Doctor

If you think your pain may be due to a hip injury or condition or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact a hip doctor near you:

  • Difficulty bending the joint
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Needing to limp in order to walk comfortably
  • Pain in the groin or over the buttock area
  • Pain or swelling felt in the front of the hip or along the outside of the hip
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling from the thigh to the knee
  • Throbbing when lying in bed or resting

You should also see a hip doctor if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.

Common conditions and injuries that affect the hip and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Flexor injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip fractures
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoporosis

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained hip doctor understands the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your hip pain and the most effective treatment for your individual hip injury or condition.

To consult with our orthopaedic doctor specializing in the hip at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the hip, our esteemed specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is the unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating hip issues with and without surgery.

Our hip specialist, Dr. Nathan Cafferky, is a surgeon who is fellowship-trained in joint and adult reconstruction and is also a recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as advanced hip surgery, such as hip arthroscopy, total hip replacement, and anterior hip replacement. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we have the experience and expertise needed to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the hip disorders we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips for Healthy Hips

Anyone can have a painful hip; however, older people are more at risk because bones become less dense and are more easily damaged as we age. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect yourself from injury and pain.

Avoid Joint Stiffness
Keeping your hips moving helps them from stiffening and keeps hip and leg muscles strong. Although walking is usually a great way to keep hips moving, you should avoid exercise that is high impact, such as running, since it could put too much strain on your hip joints.

Reduce Fall Risks
Assess your home or workplace for tripping hazards, such as loose rugs or electrical cords, and remove them. Install hand rails and better lighting wherever they are needed, including in the bathroom and shower. Pets and pet toys are often unrecognized tripping hazards. If you have a pet, do not leave their toys lying on the floor. Use them one at a time, then put them away when you are done using them.

Practice Balance Exercises
With your hip doctor’s approval, and holding on to the back of a sturdy chair, practice standing on one foot at a time to improve your balance. Ask your hip doctor about other balance exercises that are right for you.