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Young & Hip: Emerging Diagnosis A-Rod, Gaga Share

Doctors see increase in hip problems in younger patients, including stars

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) December 2013 – Lady Gaga has it. Baseball great Alex Rodriguez does too, and so do a growing number of young patients. It’s a condition called hip impingement, and by the end of the year more than 70,000 people - many of them under the age of 30 - will need surgery to fix it. That’s twice the number of patients who needed surgery just five years ago.

“Hip impingement can be a terribly painful condition,” said Tom Ellis, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, “and more and more, we’re seeing it in younger and younger patients.”

Hip impingement, also known as FAI, is a condition in which the ball and socket joint of the hip have rough and jagged edges, making movement painful and often causing damage to the surrounding tissue. If it’s caught early, doctors can use therapy and strength training to help patients, but increasingly surgery is required to smooth down the bone spurs causing the pain.

To learn more about hip impingement and what doctors think is causing it, click on the video box to the left. To read the press release, “click to read more” below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T IGNORE HIP PAIN: IMPINGEMENT IS A GROWING PROBLEM AMONG YOUNG, ACTIVE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hip pain is no longer reserved for older adults. More and more young, active people are developing this problem, which often requires surgery to repair.

Hip preservation specialists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center see patients from their teens through their sixties who have femoral acetabular impingement, or FAI. This condition occurs when the ball of the femur doesn’t fit perfectly into the hip socket. It can be caused by misshapen bones, spurs that develop over time or activities that damage the labrum, or cartilage that seals the socket.

“FAI has become much more common in the last 10 years, and in younger people these injuries tend to be sports-related,” said Dr. Thomas Ellis, vice chair of the department of Orthopaedics and chief of Hip Preservation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “While it can happen in non-athletes and weekend warriors, we commonly see this condition in those who were year-round athletes before and during puberty.”

Ellis said that is the time when the hip growth plate fuses. High levels of activities such as soccer, basketball, field and ice hockey, martial arts, yoga, dance, cycling and rowing can cause the plate to fuse in an abnormal shape and lead to FAI.

“We suggest young athletes cross train in several activities to avoid overstressing the muscles that support the hip joint,” Ellis said.

If left untreated, FAI often develops into arthritis and the need for a hip joint replacement. Ellis said getting to the root of hip pain is complicated and can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of FAI include pain in the lower back, groin, side of the hip and buttocks. It can be confused with other problems such as bursitis, piriformis syndrome, back pain, hip flexor strain, groin pull, pinched nerve and even endometriosis in women.

“Identifying FAI and treating it early is key in order to preserve hip function,” Ellis said. “FAI doesn’t always require surgery. Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team includes physical therapists who work with patients to improve hip and core strength. If it’s needed, our specialists can reshape the bone and repair the hip cartilage using arthroscopic surgery, and that’s typically highly successful.”

Ohio State’s Division of Hip Preservation is among the most comprehensive in the United States, with surgeons, clinicians, therapists and a fellowship to train future hip specialists.

The team also has an outcomes database to review long-term results in FAI patients. They use three-dimensional motion analysis to help compare and predict joint characteristics in patients with and without hip impingement.

 

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Hip problems in younger patients are on the rise
Dr. Tom Ellis, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, reviews images of a hip joint with a patient. Ellis says cases of hip impingement, also known as FAI, are on the rise in younger patients. Those patients have rough and jagged edges in the ball and socket joint of their hips, causing pain and damage to adjoining tissue. This year there will be 70,000 surgeries to fix hip impingement - many in younger patients - which is twice the number of surgeries just five years ago. To learn more about what causes this painful condition, click here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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Before and after images show problems of hip impingement
Celebrities like baseball great Alex Rodriguez and performer Lady Gaga are just two of the thousands of young patients reported to have a condition known as hip impingement. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the condition is caused by rough and jagged edges in the hip`s ball and socket joint, as illustrated, and many people need surgery to smooth out rough areas. To learn more about what causes hip impingement, click here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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More younger patients face hip problems known as hip impingement, or FAI
Nearly 200 times a day, every day, someone will need surgery to fix an emerging condition known as a hip impingement. Surgeries, being performed on younger and younger patients, have doubled in just the last five years. Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say hip impingement, also known as FAI, is cause by rough or jagged edges in the hip`s ball and socket joint. To learn more, click here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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Painful hip conditions on the rise in younger patients
Hip impingement, also known as FAI, is a condition in which the ball and socket joint of the hip are affected by rough and jagged edges. The condition can be extremely painful and cause damage to surrounding tissue, often requiring surgery to repair. See why doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say cases may be on the rise in younger patients by clicking here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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Hip pain, fairly common in older adults, is on the rise in younger patients
Hunter Vinsel of Columbus, OH is getting back to exercising after having surgery on both hips. Vinsel, like a growing number of young patients, had a condition known as hip impingement, in which rough and jagged edges form in the ball and socket joint of the hip. To learn more about the condition, click here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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Hip surgeries continue to increase for younger patients
By the end of this year, 70,000 people will undergo hip surgery for conditions like hip impingement, also known as FAI. In the last 5 years, the number of surgeries to fix hip impingement has doubled and surgeries are more often performed on younger patients like Hunter Vinsel of Columbus, OH. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center describe hip impingement as a condition in which the ball and socket joint of the hip forms rough and jagged edges, causing pain and damage. Celebrities who suffer from the same condition include performer Lady Gaga and baseball great Alex Rodriguez. To learn more about the condition, click here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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Stairs no longer limit Hunter Vinsel
Shortly after surgery to repair his hips, Hunter Vinsel of Columbus, OH signed a new lease on the 3rd flood of a walk-up apartment building, which would have been unimaginable just a year ago. Like a growing number of younger patients, Vinsel suffered from rough and jagged edges in the ball and socket joints of his hips. It is a painful condition known as hip impingement, or FAI. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discuss the causes of hip impingement and how to deal with it here: bit.ly/168HIkf
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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
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