Hip Doctor

At OAK Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our doctors have the knowledge and experience to treat a variety of hip conditions and injuries.

Hip pain, whether due to an injury or a chronic condition such as arthritis, can impair your everyday mobility. When your hip hurts, it is much harder to perform your responsibilities at home or at work, and in some cases, it can even make it challenging to sleep at night. This is frustrating and if left untreated, hip pain can actually worsen over time. Fortunately, treatment is available, and the proper medical care can get you feeling like yourself again. Our doctors and surgeons have ample experience in treating hip pain and restoring patients to full mobility. The first step is meeting with us to be accurately diagnosed.

Our hip specialists treat a wide range of conditions. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:

  • Arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Broken bone
  • Bursitis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Hip fracture
  • Labral tear
  • Sports-related injuries

When you first meet with one of the hip doctors at our practice, you can expect a careful medical evaluation. Our specialists will use imaging technology to diagnose your hip condition, and from there, they'll be able to recommend the most effective course of treatment. This can involve nonsurgical solutions, but in some cases, total hip replacement or another type of surgery may be required.

In terms of nonoperative treatments, hip pain can sometimes be remedied through physical therapy. Ice, heat, and compression can also prove effective. Injections can minimize discomfort in some cases as well. These are often short-term solutions, however, and your doctor may recommend taking the next step by undergoing hip surgery.

One of the most common hip procedures that our surgeons perform is hip replacement. Most patients who have a hip replacement surgery experience a full recovery and return to their normal lives without pain or impaired mobility. But what is a hip replacement exactly? In this surgical procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will remove your hip joint and replace it with a new one. This artificial implant frees you from the pain or swelling you've been experiencing.

Total hip replacement, or any hip surgery, will always come with a recovery time. You can expect to be off your feet for a few days and it may be up to a year before you feel 100 percent normal again. However, the average patient finds that most of the pain and discomfort subsides after just a few days. Furthermore, ice can be used to minimize swelling, and hip surgeons often prescribe medication to ease the worst of the pain.

Following hip surgery, you'll also want to make sure you participate regularly in physical therapy. In fact, it's recommended that you begin physical therapy within a day or two of the surgery itself. This can go a long way toward ensuring a complete recovery and getting you up on your feet sooner rather than later. Our hip surgeons can help pinpoint the cause of your hip discomfort and provide you with a treatment plan for long-term relief.

Specializing in What Moves You at OAK Orthopedics

At OAK Orthopedics, our world-class team of orthopedic experts is devoted to providing customized treatment plans focused on each patient's individual needs and goals.

Our specialty-trained hip doctors, Dr. Alexander MichalowDr. Rajeev Puri, Dr. Eddie Jones Jr., Dr. Tom Antkowiak, and Dr. Jalaal Shah, have extensive experience in treating a variety of hip conditions and injuries. Nonsurgical methods will always be recommended first before considering surgery. However, there are situations in which conservative treatments no longer provide adequate relief, and hip surgery is the best option to fix the problem. Our hip surgeons are skilled in performing many surgical procedures for the hip and utilize state-of-the-art technology in doing so. Rest assured that when you see one of our hip specialists, you're in the care of the region's most preferred orthopedic providers. 

If you have hip pain that you'd like to have evaluated, we encourage you to contact our team of orthopedic doctors today at one of our three locations in BourbonnaisFrankfortMokena, or Watseka. Call (815) 928-8050 for our Bourbonnais or Watseka office or (815) 469-3452 for our Frankfort office, or request an appointment online with one of our experienced hip surgeons.