Newer way to fix your hip pain for faster healing
Thursday, March 25, 2021

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If you’re getting into the spring of things and some joint pain is setting you back, orthopedic surgeons said a newer way to fix that pain might get you on your feet fast.

The team at OrthoCincy said this long year where many of us were not as active is now showing up in more complaints of hip pain, leading to the need for hip arthroscopy for many people.

“Hip arthroscopy is where we take a small tube that’s lighted and inserted into the hip joint so that we can see what is going on,” said Dr. Matthew Grunkemeyer, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy.

That means Dr. Grunkemeyer can then go underneath the skin to the hip joint and fix what’s around it with a lot less damage to the body and faster healing for the patient.

“It’s an attempt to preserve a native hip joint instead of removing it and replacing it with prosthesis,” added Dr. Grunkemeyer.

Not everyone is a candidate for this type of procedure. A few simple office observations and imaging tests can likely tell you if this may be an option to heal your hip pain.

“You’re actually going to have pain more in the groin,” said Dr. Grunkemeyer. "The patients will point...and say, 'Here’s where it hurts.' You can have clicking or locking, catching. They say it feels like their groin was pulled and it doesn’t get better. That’s the type of symptoms we see with hip problems primarily.”