Category Archives: Hip

Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip

Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip Overview This is a sudden loss of bone density in the head of the femur. That’s the ball that fits into the socket of your pelvis to form the hip joint. With transient osteoporosis, the femur’s head weakens and your hip begins to hurt. Causes We aren’t sure why this […]

Femoral-Acetabular Impingement (FAI)

Femoral-Acetabular Impingement (FAI) Overview This condition is a deformity of the hip joint that limits the joint’s normal range of motion. It may result from an improperly-shaped socket and an improperly-shaped femur head. Causes FAI is typically caused by improper bone growth of the femoral head or socket. Cam Impingement FAI caused by an improperly-shaped […]

Femur Fracture Fixation (Stryker Gamma Nail)

Femur Fracture Fixation (Stryker┬« Gamma Nail) Overview This procedure stabilizes severe fractures of the femur with a metal rod and screws implanted into the center of the bone. This system provides great strength while the bone heals. Accessing the Femur In preparation for the procedure, anesthesia is administered and the patient is positioned. The surgeon […]

Hip Dislocation

Hip Dislocation Overview With this injury, the head of your femur (which is shaped like a ball) slips out of your hip socket. It may slip forward or backward out of position. This can damage structures around the joint. Causes Hip dislocations are often caused by traumatic injury. Auto accidents and falls are common culprits. […]

Femur Fracture Fixation with Dynamic Hip Screw

Femur Fracture Fixation with Dynamic Hip Screw Overview This surgical procedure uses a metal plate and screws to repair a fractured femur. It retains the femoral head, allowing for more natural movement of the hip joint. Preparation The patient is positioned so that the side of the thigh is clearly visible to the physician, and […]

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) Overview This condition is a painful inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick, tendon-like portion of a muscle that travels from the hip down the outer side of the thigh to the knee. ITBS results in pain, aggravated by activity, that is usually felt on the outer side of the knee. […]