The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that bears much of the weight of the body and allows a person to walk and perform many different motions. While the joint is strong and functional, it can be easily injured in a traumatic accident. This weight-bearing joint can also develop wear-and-tear conditions, like arthritis, that cause significant hip pain.
At Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, our hip specialist, Dr. Steven Barrington, offers the unique expertise you need to heal from injuries and conditions of the hip. As a fellowship-trained knee and hip replacement surgeon, he can expertly pinpoint the source and cause of your hip pain and advise you on your treatment options.
What Is a Hip Care Specialist?
Patients come to hip specialists to discuss their hip-related conditions or hip injuries. Hip surgeons have the knowledge and experience to expertly answer any questions and discuss the advantages or disadvantages of different treatment options, including surgery, like hip replacement surgery (or hip arthroplasty) or hip preservation.
Specialty-trained hip doctors and surgeons are doctors who diagnose and treat the full range of hip conditions. These specialists have undergone additional training beyond medical school in orthopedics, including hip care. Our specialist is a fellowship-trained total joint replacement surgeon and board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He has completed advanced training in hip surgery, including hip replacement as well as knee replacement and other joint reconstruction procedures.
When nonsurgical treatment or surgery is needed, a hip specialist can expertly offer the right care. Conservative approaches can be highly effective in reducing or eliminating hip pain, but sometimes, a surgical procedure is best for the patient. Our surgeon will be sure to use the most minimally invasive approach available to help speed your recovery and provide the best long-term outcome for you.
If you have hip pain, review the checklist below for common symptoms related to arthritis, hip dysplasia, and hip fractures. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a specialty-trained orthopedic doctor who specializes in hip care.
- Existing artificial hip joint feels dislocated or painful
- Groin pain or pain in the buttocks
- Leg appears to turn outward
- Lingering hip pain after a fall
- One leg appears shorter than the other
- Pain between the hip and the knee
- Space between the legs looks wider than normal
- Stiffness or swelling in the hip joint and a limited range of motion
Common Hip Conditions
Experienced hip doctors often work with patients of all ages and backgrounds, from young athletes with sports-related hip issues to older patients with hip pain and conditions caused by arthritis, osteoporosis, or osteoarthritis.
Depending on the injury or issue you're experiencing, treatments can range from nonsurgical solutions such as physical therapy and injections to surgical procedures like hip replacement. If surgery is required for a hip-related condition, a hip surgeon may recommend a hip replacement procedure. Hip replacement surgeries include both partial joint replacement and total hip replacement.
Common hip conditions your doctor may diagnose include:
- Avascular necrosis
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Hip dislocation
- Hip dysplasia
- Labral tear
- Sports medicine injury or condition
Specialized. In Your Hip Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our hip specialist is highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating hip pain. He has obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our highly skilled hip surgeon, fellowship-trained total joint replacement surgeon, Dr. Steven Barrington, treats patients using the most advanced in evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of state-of-the-art surgeries with the latest techniques.