5 Warning Signs You Need to See an Orthopedic Surgeon for Your Hips
Dr. Brian Cohen is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon with experience treating a wide range of hip conditions. Hip conditions, like many health problems, are best treated early. Unfortunately, many patients do not know when they need to see an orthopedic surgeon. Here, Dr. Cohen discusses five warning signs you need to see an orthopedic surgeon for your hips.
1. You’ve Experienced an Injury
As you age, injuries can become more common — especially injuries to your joints. If you have recently experienced an injury to your hip, then you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon.
The sooner you see a surgeon, the sooner your injury can be evaluated. While not all injuries require surgery, all injuries should be examined, especially if they involve your hip.
2. You Have Chronic Pain
Hip pain can significantly impact your life. If you are experiencing chronic hip pain, then it may be time to see an orthopedic surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate your hips and explain the appropriate treatment options. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen:
- Pain that interferes with walking or bending
- Increased dependence on painkillers to deal with hip pain
- Hip pain that keeps you awake at night
- Hip pain that isn’t relieved by rest
- A limp to compensate for your hip pain
- The need for a walking aid to offset your hip pain
3. You’re Limited in Everyday Activities
The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the human body. It plays a central role in your mobility and overall well-being. If your hip is limiting you in any of the following everyday activities, then it may be time to see an orthopedic surgeon:
- Going up and down stairs
It’s important that you pay attention to your body, especially your joints. If you have joint swelling, stiffness or instability in your hip, then you should see an orthopedic surgeon.
Your hips have a wide range of motion. Swelling or stiffness can be a sign of joint disease or injury. Your hips also play an important role in your stability. If you notice that you are shaky or wobbly when performing everyday activities like standing or walking, then it is time to see an orthopedic surgeon.
Many patients try alternative treatments before exploring surgical options. These treatments can include physical therapy, medication and injections. Alternative treatments can help with some, but not all hip issues. If you have tried alternative treatments for your hip issues and have not found relief, then it is time to see an orthopedic surgeon.
Contact Cohen Orthopedic About Your Hips
Cohen Orthopedic in Columbus cares about you and your hips. If you recognize any of the above warning signs, then it is time to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Contact Dr. Cohen to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.