Why Does My Hip Hurt?

February 7, 2021
By: GraMedica Team

Hip pain affects millions of adults every day. It has been estimated that 27% of individuals > 45 years of age have signs of osteoarthritis. The older and more active you are, the more likely you are to develop hip pain.

Hip pain has been blamed on…

  • Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Hip fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle or tendon strain
  • Tear of the ring of cartilage on the outside socket
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause.

Typical hip pain treatments

There are 3 main treatments:

Exercise

Sounds like a good idea and it’s a treatment that has shown positive benefits for knee pain, but it’s a different story when it comes to hip pain.
There could be some improvement initially, but studies have shown those positive effects to only last a short time.
One of the initiating factors for hip pain was exercise, so how could something that causes hip pain be used to treat hip pain?

Medications

Anti-inflammatory pills and shots do help to reduce pain, but they do not stop the progression of arthritis.
These forms of treatment are shown to provide temporary relief, at best.
Even the injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is shown to only have up to 6 months effect.

Surgery

The number of people requiring hip surgery continues to increase year after year.
The leading complaint for patients who were not satisfied with the results were because of persistent pain and functional limitation.
There have been great improvements in hip joint surgery, but there are still many risks and potential complications such as: blood clots, infection, fracture, dislocation, change in leg length, and loosening of the implant.

This is scary…

  • Demand for revision total hip surgery continues to grow worldwide and is expected to more than double within the next 1-2 decades.
  • The revision rate of hip replacement has sharply risen in patients aged 45 to 64.
  • It is thought that this is due to the activity level of this age group compared to those > 65.

The ankle bone and hip bone connection

The entire body rests on the ankle and heel bones. Their alignment and stability is what determines if the foot is stable and aligned or unstable and misaligned.
The ankle bone (talus) should be located on the top of the heel bone (calcaneus).
Located between the two bones is a naturally occurring space called the sinus tarsi (tar-sigh). That sinus tarsi canal should always be in an open position as indicated by the arrow in the picture to the right.

Ankle bone displacement

There is a common condition where the ankle partially dislocates on the heel bone. This is something that one either has (born with), or does not have, will never develop.
The ankle bone has displaced from its normal position and shifted forward and angle downward.
This can be a flexible deformity, especially early in life, but eventually, it can become a fixed or rigid deformity, meaning the ankle bone cannot be placed back on the heel bone and then, you can’t treat it anymore.

So how can we realign and stabilize the ankle bone?

Conservative, external measures cannot and have not been proven to realign and stabilize the ankle bone.
There have been many aggressive internal surgical procedures that have been tried.
Unfortunately, the cure can be worse than the disease with these options.
These procedures are associated with a long recovery, many potential risks, and complications. Most patients will have to be brought back to the operation room to remove painful pins or screws.

There must be a better option!

The good news –there is another treatment option.

There is a minimally invasive procedure, called extra-osseous talotarsal stabilization (EOTTS), where a small titanium stent is inserted into the sinus tarsi space.

This stent maintains the normal hindfoot alignment, while allowing the natural joint motion.

Instantly, the ankle bone is realigned and stabilized. This instantly reduces the rearfoot acting on the forefoot.

HyProCure is safe for people of all ages, FDA cleared, and an effective way to correct foot problems like misalignment and related secondary conditions. Patients can expect a quick recovery time – you’ll be back walking in your close-toed shoes within 3 to 5 days and the natural joint range of motion in your foot will be restored.

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