Hip pain is a common issue that plagues many people. There are a lot reasons that a person might experience pain that may have been caused by medical conditions or injuries in or around the hip area. The exact place where the pain originates can be very telling as to the cause of the pain. Additionally, people of any age can experience pain in their hips, even children, although it's most common in older people. Therefore, it is vital to seek medical attention in order to be properly diagnosed and begin treatment. In most cases, the treatment is relatively simple and can be done at home.
The causes of hip pain are quite varied, but arthritis is one of the more common ones. There are several forms of arthritis, such as juvenile or rheumatoid, but they all involve an issue related to joints. Injuries that cause hip pain include hip fracture, hip labral tear, dislocation and bursitis. Other issues that may cause hip pain are things like bone cancer and osteoporosis. Sometimes the pain is the product of a condition or disease in another part of the body—this is called referred pain. For example, someone who feels referred pain may have problems with their lower back, which has the potential to result in pain in the hip. Just because a person is having hip pain it does not necessarily warrant a visit to the doctor. Minor pain can often be remedied with home treatments such as rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, when in doubt, always seek the opinion of a trained medical professional.
Intense pain, the inability to move the leg or hip, sudden swelling of the hip area, signs of an infection (i.e. fever or redness), a deformed joint or pain that persists for a few days or more are some of the symptoms that may be indicative of something more serious. Although these issues usually only require conservative, in-home care, some cases may require an operation, such as hip replacement surgery. It is therefore necessary to consult a doctor immediately when an action like hip replacement surgery is necessary. This kind of operation is commonplace for most surgeons, but a candidate should be well informed of what kind of device would be used as a replacement. There have been cases of faulty devices or ones that become loose.
Unfortunately many people who have had a hip replacement already find themselves facing a second hip replacement surgery within a short period of time because of the failure of the device that was originally implanted in their hip. In 2010 DePuy Othopaedics, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System after several studies demonstrated that they were nearly twice as likely to fail as other similar hip replacement systems. Essentially those patients that have the recalled devices now face additional surgery to correct problems caused by the device failure.
If you have a recalled device contact your doctor right away to determine the best medical course of action to take. Even if you are not experiencing pain or discomfort your health could be at risk do to metal shavings that may enter your blood stream. Secondly, talk with an attorney about your rights to recover for the damage that you have suffered.