going to the doctor

There are many different causes of hip pain, some more serious than others. Obtaining advice on the best course of treatment from a medical professional is recommended. Here are some useful tips.

moving me forward™

Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."

"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."

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specialist guide

primary care providers (PCP)/internists

The medical professionals patients see for common medical issues such as a yearly annual check-up or a non-emergency illness. The PCP/Internist may refer patients to a specialist such as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, a Rheumatologist, or a Sports Medicine Specialist for further therapy.

orthopaedic surgeons

Medical doctors with extensive training treating injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system—the bones, joints and muscles in the body. Orthopaedic surgeons may recommend treatment of hip painpainAn unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage, and mediated by specific nerve fibe... with medication, physical therapyphysical therapyThe treatment consisting of exercising specific parts of the body such as the legs, arms, hands or neck, in an..., steroid injections or hip replacement surgerysurgeryThe branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease, injury, and deformity by operation or manipula....

sports medicine specialists

Physicians who specialize in the treatment of boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst..., jointjointThe junction between the ends of two adjacent bones., ligamentligamentA band of flexible, fibrous connective tissue that is attached at the end of a bone near a joint. The main fun... and muscle conditions that do not require surgery. Though perceived to just treat athletes, Sports Medicine Specialists are able to provide relief for anybody with knee pain. Sports Medicine Specialists may recommend treatment of hip pain with medication, physical therapy, or steroid injections. If it is believed surgery is needed to correct a problem, patients may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation.


Medical doctors who diagnose and treat both osteoarthritisosteoarthritisArthritis characterized by erosion of articular cartilage, either primary or secondary to trauma or other cond... and rheumatoid arthritisrheumatoid arthritisGeneralized inflammatory joint disease. as well as other disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Rheumatologists may recommend treatment of hip pain with medication, physical therapy or steroid injections. If it is believed surgery is needed to correct a problem, patients may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation.

Oct 16 2014 - 12:30:12