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As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our hip doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics are dedicated to providing expert care for patients with hip injuries and conditions in Bristol, Johnson City, and the surrounding areas.

Hip doctors are medical specialists who treat patients with a wide variety of injuries and conditions that affect the hip joint. These orthopedic doctors have knowledge that allows them to understand and offer treatments that can help restore a patient to better health, greater mobility, and reduced hip pain. As they perform an exam on a patient, they may also examine other bones and joints, such as the knee. That is because hip problems can sometimes be felt in the knee as well as the groin and down the front of the leg. 

Some hip conditions may not require surgery. For instance, a condition such as hip bursitis may improve by modifying a patient’s activity, taking anti-inflammatory medications, or working with a physical therapy specialist. However, if these treatments do not improve the hip pain, the hip specialist may recommend that the problem be treated through surgery.

Other conditions such as advanced arthritis or a traumatic hip injury may best be treated by a surgeon using joint replacement surgery. Because of their training, skills, and knowledge, these specialty-trained surgeons understand the surgical treatment options that are available and can recommend the one that is best for a particular patient.

Should You See a Hip Doctor?                                                              

It may be time to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Buttock pain
  • Hip bone feels stiff when you first get out of bed
  • Hip pain related to a sports injury
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the hip that causes you to limp
  • Pain in the leg on the same side as the hip pain
  • Pain that radiates between the hip and knee
  • Swelling in the hip joint

These problems may indicate that you are dealing with a hip injury or condition, such as:

  • Avascular necrosis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Fracture
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip bursitis (trochanteric bursitis)
  • Hip dysplasia (genetic hip disorder)
  • Hip fracture
  • Hip impingement
  • Labral tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Specialized Hip Care You Can Trust in Bristol and Johnson City

At Appalachian Orthopedics, we offer three convenient locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, and Johnson City. Our specialty-trained hip doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics, Dr. Jason Brashear, Dr. Jonathan Clark, Dr. Benjamin England, Dr. James Goss, Dr. Gabriel Hommel, Dr. Thomas Huddleston, Dr. John Phillips, Dr. Larry Waldrop, and Dr. T. Lisle Whitman, have a full understanding of the hip's anatomy and are dedicated to delivering an exceptional level of hip care. They will apply their expertise directly to your situation and can guide you toward treatments that help reduce pain and restore you to optimal health. Our surgeons always carefully consider nonsurgical options first before recommending surgery. Early on, they may take X-rays so they can further study the joint and surrounding structures to determine which nonsurgical treatment may be right for you, such as physical therapy or injections. If hip surgery is ultimately needed, rest assured that our orthopedic experts will use their advanced skills along with our state-of-the-art technology to perform a surgical procedure that can help reduce or eliminate your pain and help you gain the use of your hip again.

Working alongside our hip surgeons, our licensed physical therapists provide a full and comprehensive set of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation services. They treat each patient's problem individually through an evaluation to design a specific treatment plan with the overall goal of restoring function and enhancing one's quality of life.

If your hip pain is keeping you from living an active life, schedule an appointment with one of our expert hip surgeons to diagnose and treat your hip issue by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our three locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, or Johnson City.

For those acute hip injuries that can't wait to be seen, visit our OrthoAccess Walk-In Clinic at our Johnson City or Bristol Midway offices.