Treatments for hip disorders can be extremely complex. There is not one right method that works for every patient. Rather, our Hip Preservation team works together — and with you — to form a strategy that will be the most effective treatment for you or your child.

We address every patient’s unique needs when developing a treatment plan. To determine the best course of treatment, we carefully look at a number of factors, including the following:

  • Age of onset
  • Type and severity of the condition
  • Location of the condition
  • Activity level of the patient
  • Patient expectations

We have a variety of promising treatments to choose from. Our team will help your family understand your options and what might work best for your child. Treatment options include:

Non-Surgical Options

  • Observation. Your care team may choose to closely observe you or your child for a period of time if an intervention is not yet necessary.
  • Activity restrictions. Limiting certain activities, such as high-impact sports, is often necessary during the healing process.
  • Medications. Anti-inflammatory medicines are commonly used to treat hip pain that is mild to moderate.
  • Physical therapy. Physical therapy is an important part of managing hip pain. It is used to strengthen muscles, maintain range of motion, increase flexibility, and reduce inflammation of the hip joint.
  • Steroid injections. These are sometimes prescribed to help relieve pain.
  • Bracing/casting. These methods are used primarily for treating developmental dysplasia of the hip.
  • Pavlik harness. This brace is most often used for babies who have hip dysplasia. The harness keeps the hips and knees bent and thighs spread apart, to help allow the hips to grow properly.

Surgical Options

  • Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO)
  • Surgical hip dislocation
  • Labral repair
  • Femoral osteoplasty
  • Triple osteotomy
  • Femoral osteotomy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Closed and open reduction
    • Surgical treatment for dysplastic hip
    • Arthrotomy

Recovery from a hip procedure can be lengthy. We are dedicated to helping our patients have healthy recoveries. Our goal is to get you back to a normal activity level while still focusing on long-term hip preservation and follow-up care.