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Hip and Pelvic Injuries and Treatment and Rehabilitation

By Sienna Christie Subscribe to RSS | June 7th 2012 | Views:

The beauty of athletics is that you can witness the strength and power of the human body at its maximum. You can appreciate the amazing coordination between mind and body as they work together to perform feats only a number of people can achieve. However, as powerful as it is, the human body has its limits, and athletes are among the first to be harmed when these limits are exceeded.

One of the hardest bones in the body, the pelvis supports organs in the abdominal cavity including those of the digestive system, reproductive system, and the excretory system. The pelvis also provides balance and support for the upper body. Women in particular have their center of gravity in the pelvis. Exercises for the core and hips give athletes balance in their performance. The hardness and stability of the pelvis can make injuries difficult to detect.

Pelvic fractures are extremely painful, and are sometimes described as sharp, shooting pain that is severe to the point that the injured is unable to move. Because it supports very soft organs, the fractured pelvis might be accompanied with some bleeding - making pelvic fractures emergency issues. Physicians can determine whether treatment for these cases requires surgery.

Sometimes confused with the pelvis, the hips are actually the joints on either side of the pelvis connected to the two femurs or thighbones. The hips could be injured when the legs are strained past their limit, usually resulting in dislocations and sprains in this joint. More commonly, hip pain is attributed to inflammation or overstretching of the thigh muscles.

Hip fractures are usually attributed to fractures in the head of the femur, the protruding "bump" connected to the pelvis. This requires the injured area to be kept stable while healing; but more serious injuries require surgical treatment. Even if the hips are kept intact and healthy throughout life, they may still wear out and lead to arthritis in the joints when a person ages. Hip replacement Fort Lauderdale surgeons offer are suitable for femoral head fractures and for cases of hip arthritis.

Hip replacement Fort Lauderdale surgery may vary depending on the extent of the damage to the hip. Therapeutic options include total hip replacement, hip resurfacing, and minimally invasive hip surgery. Hip replacement involves totally removing the head of the femur to secure in its place an artificial hip made of titanium, or cobalt, or chromium-based alloys. This metallic ball-shaped hip is then made to articulate in a cup-shaped socket implanted in the reamed-out space in the pelvis where the human joint was originally located. This ball-and-socket structure is biocompatible, posing little risk to the body and little chance of rejection.

A hip replacement Miami patient may need post-surgery rehabilitation or physical therapy. Physical therapy is for the patient to practice living healthy while recovering and thereafter. The patient may need to adjust some habits to reduce the chance of becoming injured again. You can find more information on

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