The hip joint is a ball and socket structure and is made up of bone, cartilage and a thickened piece of fibro cartilage called the labrum. There is a joint capsule which is reinforced by ligaments. The joint is surrounded by muscles which make the hip generally a stable joint.
The most common problem with the hip is osteoarthritis, which is degenerative and due to wear and tear. Osteoarthritis happens when inflammation and injury to a joint cause the cartilage tissue to break down. This causes swelling, pain and deformity.
There are many other structures around the hip which can cause pain. Bursitis can be very painful and occurs when the lubricating sacs near tendons become inflamed and fill with fluid.
Tendons (which attach muscle to bone) often become painful near the hip. The tendon can degenerate and lose its normal strong structured fibres and become thick and partially torn. This is called tendinitis.
If a hip problem is not corrected, long term pain management is required. Hip surgery, hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing are often recommended to patients to help stop the pain. Hip surgery can be traumatic and is followed by months or recovery.
Stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment provide a non-surgical option for people with hip pain. Following these treatments patients are often encouraged to walk the same day and quickly return to normal activity without having to go through the risks associated with surgery.
Hip conditions which can be treated with Lipogems® and PRP therapy include: