Stretch Beyond Hip Pain

Common Conditions
Treatment Options

Common Conditions Treated

Your hip joint is integral in keeping your body in motion. But when your hip joint causes pain, every move you make can cause pain in other areas of the body.

At Crystal Clinic, our physicians treat a wide range of both common and complex hip problems, including these frequently seen conditions:


which is a common condition as we age, resulting in pain and stiffness that may interfere with routine activities.

Labral tears or damage to the acetabular labrum,

the ring of cartilage that lines the rim of the hip socket. Tears can occur over time due to too much stress or repetitive motion. Detachment occurs when the labrum is pulled away from the rim of the hip socket and the underlying articular cartilage that covers the surface of the hip joint.

Bursitis or inflammation of a bursa,

the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis temporarily limits motion and is often the result of injury, overuse, surgery or arthritis.

Congenital hip disorders, such as developmental dysplasia of the hip,

which occurs when the ball and socket of the hip don’t form normally, causing an improper fit. If it goes undetected during infancy or childhood, this disorder can cause pain in the groin, or side or back of the hip that may increase with frequency and intensity over time. It can also lead to early onset osteoarthritis.

Fractures or breaks in the bone,

which are caused by injuries or diseases such as osteoporosis or cancer. Another type is a stress fracture caused by overuse or repetitive motion.

Ischiofemoral impingement,

which is an uncommon cause of hip pain, resulting from the narrowing of the space between the sit bone (ischium) and the thighbone (femur) due to trauma or surgery. Symptoms include pain in the lower buttock, groin and inner thigh, often accompanied by a locking or snapping sensation.

Generalized hip pain,

which is another common complaint that our hip specialists see. Depending on the location of your pain, we will determine whether the issue is the hip joint or the muscles, ligaments or tendons that surround it.

Posterior hip pain,

which is felt mainly around the lower back and buttocks, and can have several causes, including sciatic nerve issues, ischiofemoral impingement and partial hamstring tears.

Sprains and strains,

which are common in people of all ages. Sprains occur when ligaments stretch beyond their limits and tear. A strain may be an overstretched muscle or tendon, or it could be a partial or complete tear in both the muscle and tendon.

Innovative Treatment Options

Our orthopedic surgeons offer the latest techniques for treating conditions of the hip, including several innovations that have been developed at Crystal Clinic to advance orthopedic care here and around the world. Our innovative treatments include:

Direct anterior hip replacement,

which is one of the most effective and least invasive hip replacement techniques used today. It is minimally invasive because no muscles around the hip are cut when placing the prosthesis, so there is less pain, a quicker return to full weight bearing and fewer life-long restrictions following surgery. The risk of hip dislocation is also reduced.

Akron anterior hip replacement,

which was pioneered at Crystal Clinic and provides similar advantages to the direct anterior approach to hip replacement. Additional advantages of the minimally invasive Akron anterior approach include the ability to directly repair abductor muscle tears that are frequently seen in hip replacement patients, less risk of nerve damage, less blood loss during surgery, and the ability to use this approach on all patients with hip arthritis.

Endoscopic hamstring repair,

a minimally invasive technique that was pioneered at Crystal Clinic to decrease the complexity of this challenging procedure, protect the sciatic nerve with innovative patient positioning and simplify the suturing.

Gluteal tear repair with allograft augmentation,

a minimally invasive technique, which was developed at Crystal Clinic to repair tears or partial thickness tears of the gluteus medius and minimus tendons. This technique uses donor tissue to reinforce the repair of this extremely common, but unfortunately poorly recognized problem.

Hip labral tear repair surgery,

which thanks to new instrumentation, can now be performed through two to three small incisions to reshape the hip socket and ball, and reattach the labrum, the soft tissue that covers the hip socket. This technique may prevent the need for a total hip replacement in the future or at least delay it for many years.

Crystal Clear Pathways,

which is another way we are improving patient outcomes. This specialized program was developed for Medicare patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. It includes a customized care plan to help you, your family members and your care providers more easily navigate the complexities of your hospitalization, recovery and rehabilitation.