What to Expect at Your First Appointment with the Hip Preservation Program
At the Hip Preservation Program at Cincinnati Children's, we offer coordinated care of hip problems in patients from birth to 45 years old. Our skilled team has expertise in treating all hip conditions, whether they are present at birth, developmental or caused by an injury.
Our team includes orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in the hip, radiologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses. We work together to develop each patient's treatment plan and provide comprehensive, personalized care.
Find out what you can expect at your child's first appointment with our program.
Making an Appointment with the Hip Preservation Program
Most insurance companies require you to get a referral for our services. Your child's primary care physician or another specialist who cares for them can provide a referral.
Please contact us to make an appointment.
Preparing for Your Visit
Please bring the following items to your child's visit:
- Insurance information
- Any previous X-rays or other images on a CD
- Any previous test results
- Any previous medical records related to your child's hip
If you need help getting your child's previous images or tests, please call our office. We may be able to help you find these records.
On the Day of Your Visit with the Hip Preservation Program
Before Your Appointment
We recommend you arrive 30 minutes early. This allows you time to park, find our office and register for your first visit about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We provide care in Liberty Township, Mason, Green Township, Anderson and at our offices on the Burnet Campus, which is a large facility.
Please contact us if you are running late for your appointment.
At Your Appointment
Preserving the hip means that we aim to prevent or delay the development or advancement of hip problems as much as possible. We want to reduce or prevent pain and delay hip replacement whenever possible. We want you or your child to be able to return to normal activities of daily living without pain.
During your visit, our hip preservation specialist will perform a physical exam to evaluate the hip. Your child may also see a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, resident physician or orthopaedic medicine fellow as part of their care team. All of our team members work together to determine the best treatment plan for your child.
We also may perform testing such as X-rays. You may have to schedule additional appointments for imaging tests like:
We believe that family members are an integral part of the care team, and we work with you when developing a treatment plan. Your child's treatment plan is personalized and may include physical therapy, surgery or medicines.
After Your Visit at the Hip Preservation Program
We will provide clear instructions on what comes next in your child's care. After your visit, we'll provide an after-visit summary with these instructions and our contact information. We may also help you schedule the next step in your child's care, whether it's a preoperative appointment for surgery or a follow-up appointment after physical therapy or imaging.
Please contact us between your appointments if you have questions or concerns. You can reach us via MyChart, email or by phone. We are happy to answer any questions you have.