Our specialty-trained hip doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for patients' hip injuries and conditions.

A hip doctor is a medical expert who has a deep level of knowledge of the hip joint and how to treat it. A good hip doctor also understands the challenges a patient faces when they have hip pain. Because it is the largest joint in the body, when the hip is painful, it can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Additionally, a hip doctor knows that if hip conditions go on ignored, more serious health consequences can result, such as losing the ability to walk normally.

Broken hips can happen to anyone, but seniors are at higher risk for two significant reasons–one is that seniors tend to have more balance issues than younger people. Secondly, their bone strength tends to be weaker, and therefore, they are more likely to suffer a fracture if they do fall.

While hip doctors frequently work with seniors, they are working more and more with younger, active people. One reason is that more people are choosing to participate in high-intensity exercises. These activities can be beneficial for cardiovascular health, but on the other hand, they can sometimes cause joint damage.

When It's Time to Seek Hip Care

Take note of the symptoms you are experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that people with hip problems typically have:

  • Cramps or muscle spasms in the hips
  • Difficulty lifting the knee or leg
  • Groin or buttock pain
  • Inflammation or burning sensation
  • Knee pain
  • Limping
  • One leg looks shorter than the other
  • Swelling 
  • The outer side of the hip is painful

If any of these symptoms describe your hip issue, it’s possible that you may have one of these hip conditions or injuries:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Developmental displacement of the hip (DDH)
  • Femoral acetabular impingement syndrome (FAI)
  • Fractures (intracapsular, intertrochanteric, or subtrochanteric)
  • Hip flexor strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sprain

Hip pain can have a negative effect on your life, leaving you unable to complete everyday tasks. If the hip pain and underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it's imperative to contact one of our specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.

Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your hip injury can't wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

Expert Hip Care You Can Trust

Since 1951, our doctors have remained dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care to the communities of northeast Louisiana. They are backed by a knowledgeable and professional staff and are equipped with the latest resources, technology, and tools they need to deliver the very best orthopaedic care to all patients.

At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Sidney Bailey, Dr. R. Brian Bulloch, Dr. Jeffrey Counts, Dr. Grant DonaDr. James FinleyDr. Elliott Nipper, Dr. Kristopher SirmonDr. Timothy "Daven" Spires Jr., and Dr. Timothy Spires Sr., are experts at understanding the multitude of hip issues that exist and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our hip doctors believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy or injections, before considering a surgical procedure. However, if our surgeons diagnose your hip damage as severe, they may recommend surgery, like a hip replacement surgery, and will educate you about the process, which includes what you need to consider, how you can prepare for surgery, and what you can expect during recovery. 

Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our hip surgeons to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.

If you have concerns about your hip, schedule an appointment to talk through your options with one of our expertly trained hip surgeons by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online