What is Hip Pain & Hip Preservation?

The hips are one of the principal weight bearing joints in the lower extremities and are critical for optimum function in both sports and activities of daily life. Unlike other joints in the body, the hip joint consists of a very concentric ball and socket design. Although this design is critical for excellent leg movement in a variety of directions, it also makes the hip more prone to certain conditions that can accelerate cartilage injury and arthritis. Additionally, there is a complex interplay of muscles, tendons and ligaments that must be optimally and dynamically balanced to avoid pain and other difficulties with motion.

Hip conditions, in most cases, can be thought of as being on a spectrum ranging from early symptoms to conditions that result or have led to clear degeneration of the hip. Given the hip joint’s unique connections, studies have shown that appropriate and well-timed intervention for some hip conditions may slow or reverse their progression.

Additionally, the Center is actively engaged in research and education efforts to advance the understanding of hip and joint preservation, sports medicine and orthopaedic wellness.