Overview of Hip Conditions
The primary purpose of your hips is to bear your body’s weight while standing and in motion. The hip joint is a flexible, sturdy, multiaxial synovial joint that provided humans with an evolutionary advantage that allowed a relatively weak, clawless, fang-free primitive human to walk and run upright and become the most successful hunter on the planet. Our superpower on the savannah was that we could hunt almost any prey to exhaustion.
Your hips are the second largest joint in your body, and they are also among the most versatile, capable of six types of movement:
- Flexion (forward movement)
- Extension (backward movement)
- Adduction (move the thigh inside)
- Abduction (movement of the thigh outside)
- Medial Rotation (inward rotation of thigh)
- External Rotation (outward rotation of thigh)
All of that movement demands flexibility and cushioning that well-lubricated synovial joints can provide. The hip joint is strengthened by three major ligaments, the iliofemoral, pubofemoral and the ischiofemoral. Some patients also have a small ligament called the ligamentum, located at the head of the femur.
Your hips’ biomechanics are dependant on the health of all of the soft tissue such as cartilage, bursa, sinews and ligaments. Unfortunately, as we age our soft tissues begin to dehydrate, weaken and tear. After 65, osteoarthritis often develops, and the hip ball socket begins to wear out. Bones become more brittle. Hip sockets loosen. And simple falls can result in broken hips. Over 300,000 Americans fall and break a hip each year. Women are especially prone to hip damage due to higher rates of osteoporosis.
- Bursitis and tendonitis
- Hip dislocation, dysplasia and fracture
- Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
Dr. Scott Greenberg is a pioneering leader in prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell procedures. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He was a member of the first team to repair a meniscus tear using stem cell therapy and has treated many pro and Olympic athletes among the thousands of people helped since starting his practice in 1999. He also has the distinction of being named Director of the Regenerative Medicine team at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
If you or a loved one is looking for a regenerative strategy to treat your chronic conditions, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.