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Diagnosing Hip Problems Earlier for Better Results

Historically, hip problems were associated with middle-age and elderly patients, but nearly 90 percent of patients who have a hip replacement later in life actually have a hip disorder or deformity that has affected them for years. The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Young Adult Hip Service focuses on people age 18 to 55 years with hip problems.

This unique, comprehensive hip service offers expert diagnosis and innovative treatments that help younger patients back to a healthy, active lifestyle. The goals of the Young Adult Hip Service are to provide comprehensive care for all disorders of the hip and improve patients’ overall health and activity levels. The service offers a full spectrum of non-surgical and surgical solutions for hip disease in young patients.

John Clohisy, MD, director of the Young Adult Hip Service, has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of young adult hip problems. He and his colleagues have developed a comprehensive set of surgical and nonsurgical skills to care for this unique patient population.

Young adult hip care is a relatively new and evolving discipline within orthopedics. Hip problems in younger people frequently lead to discomfort, limited activity and eventual osteoarthritis.

If hip disease is diagnosed and treated when a patient is younger, the natural hip joint can often be preserved, and a hip replacement may be avoided or delayed.

In younger patients, an underlying hip deformity or joint problem (labral tear, early arthritis, femoroacetabular impingement) can also cause specific symptoms or discomfort.

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