With so many of us on the Central Coast living longer and more active lives, it's remarkable more people don't suffer from hip pain at some time. What's more, many of the types of work we do, like ranching and construction, and the recreational activities we pursue, such as hiking and biking, involve putting stress on the hip.
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, bursitis, or even a hip fracture. While hip pain is usually thought of as something that happens mostly to “old people,” you may experience hip trouble at any age, especially after an injury such as falling or twisting, or you may not even remember a specific cause. Even a slight injury that causes us to limp or modify the way we walk can initiate pain in the hip area. Injury can also be caused by overuse from repeated activity such as jogging or bicycling long distances. These activities stress the hip joint and can cause irritation and inflammation.
Treating Hip Pain, Injuries, and Arthritis in SLO
No matter what you think may be causing your hip pain, an early visit to Dr. Thomas Ferro at the Bone & Joint Center in Arroyo Grande is the best way to determine the source of your condition and the optimal treatment. Dr. Ferro is committed to helping you return to the most active life you can lead.
Call Dr. Ferro at in Arroyo Grande for an appointment to determine what is causing your hip trouble and what treatments are available. You and he may decide the hip injury you suffered can best be treated simply through a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Or you may learn how it can be treated by modifying your activities and using inflammation control medication. Or in some cases, Dr. Ferro may suggest Replacing Your Hip Joint with one of today's modern artificial devices.
Dr. Ferro sees more and more hip problems happening in younger people and he is experienced using the leading hip treatments and technologies to help young, active people stay that way.
With his Advanced Credentials, and emphasis on an open, two-way relationship no matter what path you choose, you'll be glad you chose to work with Dr. Ferro.
Managing Hip Arthritis on the Central Coast
Arthritis literally means "joint inflammation." This inflammation can be caused when the smooth covering on the ends of bones wears away (osteoarthritis) or as part of a systemic disease (rheumatoid arthritis). Either of these conditions can result in stiffness, swelling, tenderness and discomfort in the hip, often causing you to slowly restrict your movements. Even the simplest daily activities can become painful, diminishing your mobility and, ultimately, your quality of life. In addition, post-traumatic arthritis may develop after an injury to the joint in which the bone and cartilage do not heal properly.
When you visit Dr. Ferro, you may find that there are several easy steps you can take to treat your arthritis. Resting your hip from overuse, starting a physical rehabilitation program, using anti-inflammatory medication, and getting enough sleep every night can help. You may also need to lose weight or start using a cane. When you find you can't continue activities that are important to you, of if you have later stages of arthritis, a total Hip Replacement may be required to help you get your life back.
To learn more, go to our Frequently Asked Questions or call us for an appointment at in Arroyo Grande, CA, or in Bakersfield, CA.