Hip disorders and injuries are increasing in the US
For many years, older patients have accounted for the majority of hip conditions. However, hip specialists are now reporting a significant increase in young patients experiencing hip pain. Labral tears, hip dysplasia and FAI, appear to be on the rise in young, active people. Recent research shows that receiving care early is vital to a successful treatment experience for these patients Doing so may help delay a total hip replacement (THR)—or avoid one entirely.
Hip arthritis, often resulting in hip replacement, is also on the rise in the U.S., especially in younger patients.
In a 10-year study (US National Center for Health Statistics), the number of hip replacement procedures more than doubled, from 138,700 in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010. Among patients age 75 and older, the numbers treated with hip replacement rose 92 percent. For those ages 45 to 54, the number of patients getting hip replacement jumped 205 percent.
Experts believe that many younger patients are opting to undergo hip replacement in order to stay active and enjoy the quality of life they are accustomed to. Today, instrumentation and techniques for hip replacement are rapidly improving. For example, a total hip replacement today can be performed on an outpatient basis with a minimally invasive approach that spares the muscles and typically results in better healing and shorter recovery times.