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Hip Preservation

At UPMC, our goal is to help you preserve your hips while making them function the best they can. We think holistically about your hips and how they affect other areas of your body.

We treat hip-related injuries in people of all ages, although much of our focus is on active people and athletes. We mainly help people with non-arthritic conditions, but we refer back and forth to joint replacement surgeons at UPMC. Once we diagnose and treat you, we then connect you with rehab.

Our doctors, surgeons, and therapists work together to help you understand your health issue, prevent more injury, and return to your active lifestyle.

Make an Appointment at the Hip Preservation Program

Call 412-784-5770 to make an appointment.

Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide range of hip-related conditions. The ones we see most often are:

  • Athletic hip injuries — We see a wide range of hip injuries related to sports. Sometimes athletes have tendon pain or hip fractures from trauma and overuse.
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN) — Also called osteonecrosis of the hip, AVN happens when the top of your thigh bone loses its blood supply. It causes pain and makes you lose mobility in your hip.
  • Hip dysplasia — Also called acetabular dysplasia, this happens when your hip socket isn’t shaped correctly. Some people are born with it. But it can often go undetected until later in life when it starts to cause hip pain.
  • Hip impingement Called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), this condition causes extra bone growth in the area of your hip joint. It can make your bones touch and pinch each other. It’s most common in teens, young active adults, and athletes.
  • Hip labral tears — This is a tear to the ring of cartilage that acts like a gasket to keep your joint in place. Hip impingement can cause a labral tear, and so can repetitive motions.
  • Hip sprain and strain — Ligament sprains and muscle strains (or muscle tears) are common in athletes. Some muscle tears will need surgery; but with the right therapy, many can heal with rest.
  • Sports hernia — This is actually a core muscle injury, but it can hurt in the hip, groin, and lower abdomen. Also called athletic pubalgia, it’s common in athletes who do sports that require twisting and sudden changes of direction.

Hip Preservation Services

We bring together a team of experts from a variety of specialties in one clinic setting. That means you get the care you need, usually in the same office on the same day.

We’re always communicating with each other — and with you — to help ensure a seamless transition of care from one expert to the next.

Some of the services we provide at the Hip Preservation Program in Pittsburgh include:

  • Assessment and evaluation — Because we see many of the same hip conditions over and over again, we’re able to quickly diagnose them. We also offer functional movement assessments (FMA) that help uncover muscle imbalances that can lead to injury.
  • Complete nonsurgical care — From pain management and physical therapy to orthotics and alternative treatments, we provide a range of nonsurgical options.
  • Imaging — Part of getting the right diagnosis is having the right imaging. We’re able to efficiently order and read tests like CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays.
  • Injections — We offer ultrasound-guided injections, which provide a level of precision to pain relief. We also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and biologic injections to help speed the healing of certain injuries.
  • Partnership with pediatrics — We work with the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Hip Preservation Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We’re able to refer youth back and forth and consult on cases.
  • Preservation and prevention fitness programs — These sports performance programs help athletes reach peak performance.
  • Sports hernia clinic — This monthly clinic brings together orthopaedic and general surgeons since sports hernias affect multiple parts of the body. We work together to develop a treatment plan for athletes and active people dealing with core muscle injuries.
  • Surgical options — From soft tissue repair surgery to hip arthroscopy, we provide full surgical care, including post-op care and rehab.

Why Choose the Hip Preservation Program at UPMC?

We have a robust and specialized program at UPMC. Athletes and active people who come to the Hip Preservation Program in Pittsburgh count on us for:

  • World-class care, all in one place. At UPMC, you have experts at your fingertips who can address all aspects of the hip.
  • Latest treatments. We perform groundbreaking research and clinical trials, so you always have access to the latest hip care through our program.
  • Access to specialists across UPMC. We’re always consulting with other UPMC providers and can quickly and easily refer to you any specialty.

Learn more about our specialized Hip Preservation Program in Pittsburgh.