Hip and Knee
Chronic hip and knee pain can greatly interfere with your life and ability to do the things you love. But many people put off talking with an orthopedic specialist because they’re not ready to commit to surgery.
If you’re finding yourself unable to do what you want to do, it may be time to talk with a specialist.
The orthopedic physicians who practice at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital will work with you to explore the options for relieving your pain without surgery. Then, if surgery is needed, they’ll talk with you about the types available, including minimally invasive, resurfacing and other techniques that can help minimize your recovery time. Whatever option is best for you, your physician and our team of dedicated orthopedic clinicians will help you on your way to a smooth recovery.
Hip and Knee Conditions
Hip and knee pain may have many causes, but they’re often associated with arthritis which can wear away the cartilage and surface of joints.
Other causes of hip and knee pain include sports and overuse injuries, broken bones, excessive body weight, joint disease, bone tumor, torn cartilage, strains and sprains.
Diagnosing Hip and Knee Conditions
In addition to a medical history review and physical exam, your physician may order tests to help determine the cause of your pain.
NHRMC Health and Diagnostics offers advanced imaging services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Orthopedic Hospital, as well as through outpatient locations around the region.
Diagnostic radiology services include CT scans, diagnostic x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.
Treatment of Hip and Knee Conditions
Some hip and knee conditions can be treated non-surgically. Orthopedic specialists will first determine if there are ways to help reduce pain and restore function before recommending surgery.
Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, prescription or over-the-counter medications, or injection therapy to help relieve pain and promote better function.
When hip pain becomes chronic, fails to respond to non-surgical remedies, and begins to interfere with life’s daily activities, surgical replacement or resurfacing of the hip may be required. Meeting with an orthopedic specialist will provide you with options that best meet your individual needs.
Surgeons at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital perform more than 700 surgeries and procedures each year, including:
When knee pain is no longer eased with non-surgical remedies, it may be time to consider knee surgery. Surgeons at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital perform more than 2100 knee surgeries a year, including:
NHRMC Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
Hip and knee surgeries at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital are performed in a stand-alone dedicated facility in which staff is entirely focused on your orthopedic care. The largest orthopedic program in Eastern North Carolina, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital offers eight operating rooms and a pre-op clinic outfitted specifically for orthopedic care, advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment, surgical suites, and rehabilitation services.
Finding an Orthopedic Specialist
25 board-certified or board-eligible orthopedic surgeons are on the medical staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The practices have office locations Wilmington, Burgaw, Jacksonville, Leland, Porters Neck, and Whiteville to better serve people throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Visit our physician directory to find an orthopedic physician who specializes in hip and knee conditions and care.
Our commitment to exceptional orthopedic care continues after surgery with specialized services to ensure a smooth transition to full recovery. Therapists with NHRMC Rehabilitation Services start working with patients before they leave the hospital and are available to assist with ongoing, outpatient therapy after discharge from the hospital.
If Home Care services are needed, NHRMC staff will work with you to set up visits with the home care agency of your choice, including NHRMC Home Care, an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.