People with hip conditions may need more than one treatment plan

Bryan Aldrige

February 13, 2012

People with hip conditions may need more than one treatment planThe use of clinical observation along with magnetic resonance images (MRI) seems to be the best plan for dealing with people who suffer from hip pain, according to a recent study.

To test this notion researchers recruited 45 people of varied ages who had no history of hip pain, injury or previous hip surgeries. Each person involved was given an MRI which was then looked over by three different radiologists. From looking at the images, researchers found that a vast majority of people in the study did have some issues with their hips. Nearly 69 percent of study participants had labral tears, while 73 percent of those involved suffered some form of abnormalities in their hips. People who were older than 35 were 13.7 times more likely to suffer chondral defects and were 16.7 percent more at risk of having a subchondral cyst.

"Our results emphasize the importance of correlating clinical signs and symptoms with imaging findings when considering surgery for patients with these conditions." said Bradley C. Register, lead author.

Finding and dealing with hip related problems is crucial to helping seniors to age in place successfully. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that by 2050 there will be an estimated 650,000 hip fractures each year – or 1,800 fractures daily.

Those living alone might want to invest in a senior alert system to be able to call for help should they suffer a fall or another emergency.