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 All You Need to Know About Hip Replacement

All You Need to Know About Hip Replacement

by Stephanie Meadows
The hip joint is one the largest joints of the body, and serves in movement as the thigh moves forward and backward. The hip joint also rotates when sitting and with changes of direction while walking. The hip is where the ball of the thigh bone (femur) joins the pelvis at a socket called the acetabulum. There is cartilage covering both the bone of the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis in the hip joint. A joint lining tissue, called synovium, surrounds the hip joint. The synovial tissue produces fluid that lubricates the joint and provides nutrients to the cartilage of the joint.

Non-Surgical Options for Alleviating Hip Pain

Non-Surgical Options for Alleviating Hip Pain

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Before considering surgical options, there are a number of non-surgical, first line therapies that are often recommended to individuals with hip problems.

When Hip Pain Strikes, OACM Offers Patients Proven Solutions

When Hip Pain Strikes, OACM Offers Patients Proven Solutions

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Hip pain is a common complaint among patients throughout the country. This pain is often more than just a nuisance and drives thousands of patients to seek treatment from physicians every year. “Many patients visit my office when they’re experiencing pain and begin to have a limited range of motion and stiffness in the hip,” says Sam Sydney, MD, hip replacement specialist at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland. “Patients lose the rotation and flexion of their hips, making everyday tasks like putting on and taking off shoes very difficult.” Hip pain can have a number of causes. Often times it is a gradual onset from a chronic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. It can also come on suddenly, for instance, when a person suffers a hip injury or has a condition called avascular necrosis (AVN), which occurs when there is inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint. When patients present with hip pain, surgery isn’t generally the first course of treatment, however. The history, clinical exam and x-rays often tell the surgeon when surgery is indicated.

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For more than 40 years, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland has provided the highest standard of orthopedic care for patients of all ages in Catonsville, Columbia and Eldersburg as well as nearby in the Annapolis, Washington, DC and Montgomery County areas. As our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors continue the traditions of our founding physicians, Dr. John Tansey and Dr. Kenneth Spence, we employ sophisticated advances and specialties in the field of orthopedic medicine, such as arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, joint replacement, sports medicine, onsite diagnostic imagery, outpatient surgery, and physical therapy rehabilitation for the full spectrum of joint, bone, muscle, back, and related pain conditions and injuries.