Even minor hip problems can strongly impact quality of life and daily activities by triggering limited mobility and pain. The reason is that the hip is a complex joint, with several structures which all work together to ensure proper functioning: a bony ball and socket joint between the pelvis and thigh bone, a covering of cartilage, a fibrous capsule, and many muscles, ligaments, and tendons which hold the joint together and enable proper movement.
If any of these structures is damaged, limited mobility and pain often follow. Until quite recently the only treatment options were addictive opioids, steroid injections, and surgery such as total hip replacement if patients failed to respond to more conservative treatments.
Thanks to regenerative techniques (stem cell and/or PRP therapy) we can treat many of the most common hip problems without surgery. The cost of hip pain treatment is much less than an involved surgical procedure, and there are many fewer risks as well as none of the prolonged rehabilitation and pain.
Arthritis of the Hip
The most common hip arthritis is osteoarthritis or OA, also known as degenerative (“wear and tear”) arthritis. If you have osteoarthritis of the hip the cartilage in the hip joint has become damaged or lost, the bones have begun grinding against each other.
The result of osteoarthritis is a reactive bony overgrowth which in turn produces limited mobility and significant pain. Activity makes the pain worse, but it’s often present even when resting.
Hip osteoarthritis is very common in patents over 45 and overweight patients. Hip trauma accelerates arthritis, meaning younger patients can develop it prematurely too.
Traditional treatments for hip osteoarthritis involve steroid injections for temporary relief, but usually patients eventually require a total hip replacement. This means significant post operative pain and a long recovery time.
With PRP or stem cell treatment, total hip replacement surgery or steroid injections can often be avoided. Instead, the treatment is done on an outpatient basis — with no hospital stay at all.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
Greater trochanteric bursitis sometimes appears with no apparent cause. It is a very painful condition which hurts even when resting and often causes a limp. Greater trochanteric bursitis happens when the fluid filled bursa sac, located between the thigh bone and the tendons above it, becomes inflamed.
There was no permanent treatment for this condition until recently, only ways to provide temporary relief. PRP and stem cell treatment, though, allow the body to repair itself and provide long-term relief.
ONFH (Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head)
ONFH is generally associated with elderly patients but it can in fact appear at any age: in younger patients the cause is usually trauma or injury, but the cause is unknown in many cases. ONFH is a condition where the femur bone head actually dies due to the blood supply being compromised.
Patients, until recently, were forced to deal with the pain of this condition until it was possible to get full hip replacement surgery. However, regenerative medicine (PRP or stem cells) make it possible to regenerate the bone tissue and eliminate pain without need for surgery.