A hip injury and hip pain can dramatically impact our ability to take part in everyday activities. We don't have to be extremely active to understand just how damaging it is to have a hip joint that will not cooperate. For many, recovery from both pain and injury at the joint has been possible with conservative methods alone. But when this isn't enough it's time to turn to our local Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, medical professionals of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists to inquire about hip replacement surgery.
Exhausted Conservative Approaches
At the first sign of injury, the typically recommended strategy is something referred to as RICE. RICE consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, all of these strategies in tandem can help reduce early inflammation and help us manage pain. Our doctor may then recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to further assist in this goal. Injections and other prescribed medications may also be part of the recovery plan.
While rest is key at the initial phase, regaining movement of the joint is just as important and this can be achieved in a controlled setting through physical therapy. Walking aids can allow us to graduate to other physical activities and eventually to transition back to a painless range of motion.
When Pain Persists
It is when the above-mentioned conservative approaches do not succeed in returning us our ability to perform as before, and especially when pain does not subside, that we may be looking at hip replacement surgery as the solution. This is when pain affects us even while at rest, or is too severe and has to be constantly managed with pain medication. Imaging tests will allow our doctor to know for sure if we are candidates for the procedure.
Hip Replacement in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA
Hip replacement surgery consists of removing the damaged bone tissue and replacing the joint at both parts with artificial ones, using a plastic insert in between them to allow for smooth movement. The ultimate goal of the surgery is to restore the range of motion and be as pain-free as possible.
To find out with certainty if you're a candidate for hip replacement schedule a consultation with the experts of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, by dialing 703-369-9070.