Healthcast: New procedure aims to save young hips


When you think about someone with hip pain, you might picture an older person. But more and more young people are experiencing hip problems and even needing hip replacement surgery.

Running, jumping, walking, and sitting. You use your hips every day to move.

But researchers say hip problems are on the rise, especially in young people. Some of the more common conditions include hip arthritis, labral tears, hip dysplasia, and something called FAI. These issues have led to more hip replacement surgeries. In fact, between 2000 and 2010, the number of hip replacements in people ages 45 to 54 jumped 205-percent! But there’s a problem: the replacement doesn’t last forever.

Joel Williams, MD, an Orthopedic Surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush said “Hip replacements last roughly 20 years, and if it’s done too early, at multiple points throughout the patient’s life, they’re going to need revisions.”

That’s why doctors are trying new techniques, known as hip preservation surgeries, to try to delay the need for a hip replacement. They say receiving treatment as early as possible before arthritis shows up, is important for a successful outcome. So if you suffer from hip pain, see your doctor right away. It could get you back in the game sooner.

Experts believe part of the reason for the increase in hip injuries is that more people are active and many participate in extreme sports at a young age. Hip replacement surgery is also on the rise in older people. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of patients 75 and older treated with hip replacements rose 92 percent.  

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