Houston Physicians’ Hospital is the first and only facility in Houston and the 18th in the country to be certified as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center recognized by DNV GL Healthcare.

The Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes, and is based on standards set forth by DNV GL Healthcare and guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The team at the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Houston Physicians’ Hospital “utilizes evidence-based protocols that were developed collaboratively with surgeons, anesthesia, nurses and physical therapists,” said Nicholas Crafts, CEO of Houston Physicians’ Hospital. “We continually enhance our program with a patient-centric approach. We invite patients back and incorporate their feedback to help us improve the program. As a result, Houston Physicians’ Hospital is now performing the most joint replacements in the Clear Lake area.”

Certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

“This certification tells our community that we are committed to provide the best possible care for patients requiring a hip or knee replacement with our Orthopedic Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Anthony Melillo, Orthopedic Surgeon at Houston Physicians’ Hospital. “It’s a combination of the right equipment, personnel and training to exhibit excellence in orthopedic surgery. Achieving certification validates the effort we have put into our Orthopedic Center of Excellence to ensure the health, safety and satisfaction of our patients.”

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

Houston Physicians’ Hospital also recently earned a 5-star rating for patient experience from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and is one of only two in the Houston area to achieve such designation.

Also in 2018, Houston Physicians’ Hospital obtained ISO-9001 certification, which is based on a number of quality management principles, including strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

Robotics is also a demonstration of “our commitment to superior orthopedic outcomes. Several orthopedic physicians utilize the Mako Robot at Houston Physicians’ Hospital, which provides precision planning, rapid recovery and a shorter hospital stay for patients,” said Crafts. “Our surgeons recognized that removing clinical variability was essential to a superior program. It is the most accurate and personalized approach possible to hip and knee replacement surgery, and we are the only hospital in Southeast Houston with a Mako robot.”

The Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Houston Physicians’ Hospital is “truly a one-of-a-kind program that provides an individualized plan with a patient navigator, pre-operative classes and a space-theme competition between patients post-operatively. The program is evidence based and provides some of the best outcomes in the country,” said Crafts.

To find a physician or learn more, visit www.houstonphysicianshospital.com or call 281-972-6451.


About Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Located in the Clear Lake area, Houston Physicians’ Hospital is a physician-owned hospital specializing in surgical services, including joint, spine, sports medicine and robotic surgery with a vision to be the healthcare provider where physicians choose to practice, patients want to receive care, and employees prefer to work. Houston Physicians’ Hospital is one of only two 5-star patient experience facilities in Houston rated by CMS, the first and only facility in Houston to earn Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from DNV, recognized as a Center of Distinction by Stryker and recognized in the top 75th percentile for Joint Replacement, has the only Mako Robot in Southeast Houston for hip and knee surgery, and has the only “Caring Suite” MRI in Southeast Houston for an immersive experience with video, sound and mood lighting. To find a physician or learn more, visit www.houstonphysicianshospital.com.


About DNV GL Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training. The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 15,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

Avoid Orthopedic Injuries This Winter with These Tips

Winter is a wonderful time of the year, with the holiday season and spending time with friends and family. However, it can also pose certain risks that can lead to a fall that causes an orthopedic injury. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that no one wants to deal with an orthopedic injury during the holiday season, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you prevent them this winter:


  1. Stick to Your Exercise Routine

With the stress that often comes along with the holiday season, many people tend to ignore their usual exercise routine during the winter. However, this can weaken your muscles and increase the risk for an orthopedic injury. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, muscle weakness can cause instability in the knees, hips, and ankles, therefore increasing the risk for a fall. Keep your muscles strong by making sure to get at least 30 minutes of muscle-strengthening exercise into your day.


  1. Wear the Correct Shoes

Wearing shoes that provide stability and traction is important, especially during the winter when ice may have formed on the ground. Wearing the correct shoes can help prevent a fall that leads to an orthopedic injury. A study published in the journal “Applied Ergonomics” indicated a relationship between lower shoe traction and a higher risk of slipping (2). When purchasing winter footwear, check the sole for tread that can safely grip the ground, even if ice has formed.


  1. Watch Out for Black Ice

While it is typically thought of as only a roadway problem, black ice can pose a threat for walkers, too. According to the US Forest Service, black ice is not actually black, but rather a clear layer of ice that can easily blend in with pavement and sidewalks. This makes it incredibly difficult to see and avoid. While it’s difficult to see, it is not impossible – keep an eye out for glossy patches when you’re walking and avoid these areas to prevent slipping.


  1. Wait Until the Afternoon to Go Outside

If at all possible, it’s best to wait to run errands or go outside until the later hours of the morning. This allows any ice that has accumulated to melt and not pose as much of a risk for slipping and falling. According to the journal “Ergonomics,” three-quarters of falls occur between 7 AM and 9 AM (4). Stay safe and avoid an orthopedic injury this winter by waiting until after 9 AM to go outside when possible.


No one wants to deal with an orthopedic injury, especially during the holiday season. These tips can help you prevent a potentially dangerous fall. For expert orthopedic services, give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620. We have the leading orthopedic doctors in Clear Lake, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

Use These ENT Tips to Keep Your Respiratory System Healthy This Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and with the new season comes an increased risk for problems with your respiratory system. When it’s time to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, no one wants to deal with the hassle of a respiratory infection. As a leading name in ENT doctors for the Clear Lake, Texas, area, Houston Physicians’ Hospital understands the importance of your respiratory healthy during the winter season, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you breathe easy:


  1. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake

According to the journal Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of developing respiratory infections (1). Vitamin D is produced in our body when the skin absorbs sunlight. During the winter, getting sunlight can be hard, as the shorter days and colder temperatures decrease the likelihood that people will be outdoors in the sun. A vitamin D supplement can be taken to counteract this problem. Search for a supplement that contains the recommended 2000 IU of vitamin D for adults.



  1. Be Aware of the Air Quality

Air quality is a term used to refer how polluted the air is outside. On days where the air quality is low and there is a high amount of pollution in the air, it is best to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid breathing in contaminated air. According to the American Review of Respiratory Disease, breathing in a high amount of air pollution is a significant predictor of upper respiratory symptoms (2). When the air quality index indicates that there is a high amount of air pollution in the air, be sure to close all windows in your home while staying indoors to prevent any outside air from entering indoors.



  1. Get the Proper Amount of Sleep

The European Journal of Physiology states that sleep is a strong regulator of immunological processes (3). Essentially, this means that not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, making your more susceptible to infections of the respiratory system. While adults typically require seven to nine hours of sleep per night, those with extremely active lifestyles may require longer periods of rest for their immune system to stay strong.



  1. Try a Saline Nasal Spray

Europe PubMed Central states that saline nasal irrigation is an effective form of care for patients with a variety of upper respiratory conditions, specifically, rhinosinusitis (sinus infections) (4). A nasal saline spray helps lubricate the membranes in the nose, eliminating thick mucous and allergens from the nasal passage. Saline sprays can be purchased over-the-counter or made at home with a combination of distilled water, salt, and baking soda.


Upper respiratory problems are common during the winter season, but these tips can help keep your respiratory system healthy. However, if symptoms do not improve, it’s important to visit an ENT specialist. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our ENT doctors are here to help you breathe easy this season. Give us a call at (281) 557-5620 or search for a doctor here.














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4 Cold-Weather Activities That Could Lead to Orthopedic Injuries This Season

The cold weather has arrived here in the Clear Lake, Texas, area, and many people are getting ready to enjoy their favorite cold-weather activities. However, some of these activities can result in an orthopedic injury. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that no one wants to miss out on the season because of an injury, so we’ve laid out some tips about protecting your bones while doing cold-weather activities:


  1. Raking Leaves

This common seasonal chore can end up causing an orthopedic injury. Bending over for long periods of time to rake the leaves out of your yard can quickly lead to over-exertion which, in turn, can cause pain in several areas of the body. According to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, doctors treated over 42,000 raking-related injuries in 2014, and many are a result of over-exertion (1). To avoid an orthopedic injury while doing this essential activity this season, be sure to take several breaks and stretch your body for 10 minutes once you’re done. This helps keep the muscles loose and prevents an over-exertion injury.



  1. Driving

This season often brings an increased number of cars on the road, with people traveling for the holidays and holiday shopping. The additional traffic can leave you at risk for being involved in a collision as you drive which can lead to a potentially severe orthopedic injury. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery states that there is a high rate of severe hip dislocations that occur in motor vehicle collisions (2). This is often the result of slick roads and the increased amount of people on the road. Be sure to always remain alert when driving, and always adapt your driving habits when roadway conditions are rough.



  1. Slipping on Icy Surfaces

The first freeze of the season has already arrived, and we’re in for more cold weather as fall turns into winter. Because of this, ice forming on surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways can pose a risk for a fall that results in an orthopedic injury. When conditions are right for ice, be sure to take some safety measures that will prevent a fall. The journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention, suggests using shoes that are slip-preventative which can help reduce the risk of injury and can result in less severe consequences if a fall does occur (3).



  1. Playing Cold-Weather Sports

Whether you enjoy playing a game of football with your family on Thanksgiving, or you are a member of a seasonal sports team, it’s important to keep the safety of your bones in mind. The best way to protect your bones when playing sports this season is to use the proper safety gear. This can protect your bones from falls and other sports-related trauma and prevent an orthopedic injury from occurring.


The cold weather is here, but it doesn’t mean that your bones have to suffer this season. As a leading orthopedic hospital for Webster, Texas, and the surrounding areas, Houston Physicians’ Hospital can take care of all of your orthopedic treatment needs this season. Give us a call at (281) 557-5620, or find a physician here.









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Use These Tips to Get Your Spine Ready for the Holiday Season

Now that we are in November, many residents in the Clear Lake, Texas, area are beginning to think of the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, it is the time to celebrate the season with family and friends. However, those affected by spine pain may worry that their back will leave them out of the seasonal fun. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we believe that no one should be held back by back pain, so we’ve listed some helpful tips to get your spine feeling great by the time the holidays arrive:


  1. Keep an Eye on Your Weight

It’s the time of year where delicious food seems to be everywhere. Between pumpkin pies, cookies, and other treats that appear around this time of year, it can be difficult to maintain your weight. However, it’s important to stick to a healthy diet to keep your spine feeling great. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests a correlation between being overweight and increased prevalence of back pain (1). While the occasional treat this holiday season is perfectly fine, be sure to maintain a diet that helps keep your weight in a healthy range to avoid back pain.



  1. Lift Heavy Objects with Care

If you are decorating your home for the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll need to lift some heavy items. According to The Journal of Orthopedic Research, there is an increased risk for injury to the lumbar intervertebral disc in those who twist their body when lifting objects over 25 pounds (2). When lifting heavy decorations out of their boxes this season, be sure to utilize the strength in your legs to help lift, along with keeping your spine straight and in an aligned position.



  1. Take Some Traveling Precautions

If you’re planning on traveling to visit family and friends this holiday season, you may want to take some precautions to prevent back pain. Long periods of sitting can worsen back pain. Traveling with a heating pad may help. According to the Journal, Spine, trials have shown that heat can reduce pain in those affected by acute and subacute back pain (3). Keeping a heating pad in your carry-on luggage allows you to utilize heat to ease back pain while you are traveling.



  1. Include Back-Friendly Foods in Your Holiday Meals

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, not consuming enough fruits and vegetables can lead to chronic pain in the back and other areas of the body (4). Help ensure you’re getting enough of these inflammation-fighting foods by including them in your holiday meals. Some great foods to consider include sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and kale.


When it comes to getting ready for the holiday season, you want to make sure that your back is feeling it’s best. For those looking for a solution to their back pain, give the Spine Solutions Center at Houston Physicians Hospital a call at 832-340-2134 or CLICK HERE to learn more.

























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The Most Common ENT Problems of the Season

While many residents in the Clear Lake, Texas, area are excited to see some cooler fall weather, the seasonal changes can pose a risk for some ENT problems. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that ENT problems can be a hassle, so we’ve laid out all the information you need to know about the most common ENT problems of the season:


  1. Ear Infections

While they are most common in children, ear infections are a common fall ENT issue that can affect any age group. As the weather gets cooler, be sure to take some precautions against ear infections, especially if you are in an environment around children. It’s also important to know the beginning signs of an ear infection. The National Institutes of Health cite the early symptoms of an ear infection as trouble sleeping, fever, and fluid draining from the ear (1). If you begin to experience these symptoms, it may be due to an ear infection that needs to be addressed.



  1. The Cold

It’s no surprise that the common cold is a frequent ENT problem during the fall. In fact, the Journal Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice states that about half of the population will get a cold at least once per year (2). This virus typically peaks during the colder fall and winter seasons, and can cause uncomfortable symptoms like a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. While there is no fool-proof method to avoid the common cold, keeping your hands clean, covering sneezes and coughs, and keeping your distance from others can help decrease your chances of infection.



  1. Upper Respiratory Infections

As the holidays get closer and you interact with others more frequently, upper respiratory infections can become an issue. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics cites that respiratory infections account for 20-40% of outpatient attendance at a general hospital (3).  Keep an eye out for signs of an upper respiratory infection, like congestion, fatigue, and a sore throat.


What to Do if You Develop One of These Conditions

There’s no way to avoid these conditions entirely, and if you notice symptoms, it’s best to seek treatment as quickly as possible. An ENT doctor with Houston Physicians’ Hospital may be able to help alleviate symptoms and address any further issues that these conditions may have caused. Additionally, keeping your distance from others when sick and frequently washing your hands can also help prevent further spread of these illnesses.



While we may enjoy a break from the Texas summer, the cooler fall temperatures present risks for developing ENT issues. For the leading name in ENT physicians in the Clear Lake, Texas, area, give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620.





















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Use These 5 Tips to Protect Your Bones

Many patients in the Clear Lake area in Texas understand the important role that bones play in the body. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that keeping your bones at their healthiest is important, so we’ve laid out some easy tips to keep them protected:


  1. Know Your Risks

Conditions such as osteoporosis can weaken your bones and make you more prone to bone injuries. Some people are more at-risk than others for developing these conditions. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that genetics play a strong role in developing osteoporosis (1), meaning those with a family history of this condition should take extra precautions to avoid injuries and increase bone strength. Additionally, certain medications can cause bone loss, so speak with a physician at Houston Physicians’ Hospital to learn about your individual risks and what you can do to keep your bones protected.



  1. Exercise Regularly

A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that exercise plays a positive role in bone mineral accrual (2).  Essentially, this means that regular physical activity helps build up important minerals in the bones, therefore making them stronger and less prone to injuries. Taking 30 – 60 minutes per day to perform physical activity can significantly help protect your bones, along with the array of other benefits that exercise can provide.



  1. Consider a Vitamin D Supplement

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that adults deficient in vitamin D can experience reduced bone mineral density and an increased risk for osteoporosis (3). Because it is not uncommon for many adults to be vitamin D deficient, it is important to consider taking a supplement. When looking for a supplement, keep in mind your specific needs. Adults under the age of 70 should take 600 IU per day, while adults over the age of 70 need 800 IU.



  1. Add More Calcium to Your Diet

According to the British Journal of Nutrition, calcium deficiency reduces bone mass (5). Because calcium is essential for bone health, it’s important to ensure your diet consist of enough calcium. Typically, people consume dairy products as their primary source of calcium, but it can also be found in vegetables such as broccoli and kale. To keep bones protected, most adults should aim for 1,000 mg of calcium per day.


Your bones are essential to your body, helping you move and be active in your daily life. These easy tips can help keep your bones healthy and protected from potential injuries. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our orthopedic doctors are committed to protecting and enhancing the health of your bones. Give us a call at (281) 557-5620.


















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Your Guide to Protecting Your Spine This Fall

We’re in the last week of summer, and many residents in the Clear Lake area are getting ready for the shift in season. However, those with back pain may be wondering what the new season means for their spine. As a leader in spine care, Houston Physicians’ Hospital understands that no one wants to suffer from back pain this season, so we’ve laid out some tips to help protect your spine this fall:


  1. Take Breaks from Activity

As the leaves fall during the new season, you may find yourself raking often. Be sure to take frequent breaks to help protect your spine. A study published in the journal Ergonomics shows that those who take frequent breaks from strenuous activity had significantly reduced back pain (1). Try taking a 5-10-minute break every hour as you rake leaves or do any other activity this fall to give your spine a rest and prevent discomfort.



  1. Keep an Eye on Your Posture

A frequent cause of back pain is poor posture. No matter what activity you do this fall, be sure to maintain proper form to avoid pain or injury of the spine. A study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics suggests a connection between improper posture and back pain, in which static and flexed postures causing discomfort in both the lower and upper back (2). To maintain your posture, pay attention to keeping your spine straight and avoiding any positions that cause strain or discomfort in the neck. Additionally, wearing supportive shoes can help aide in your posture.



  1. Stay Active

Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you can’t get your daily exercise in. The Journal of Physiotherapy published a study in which those who engaged in stabilization exercises reported a decrease in their chronic back pain (3). Be sure to keep active by joining a local gym for some indoor training when the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor exercise. Alternatively, there are plenty of indoor spine-strengthening workouts that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. No matter where you exercise, keeping active this fall can help keep you pain-free all season long.



  1. Take Some Time to Stretch

No matter if you plan on exercising or hanging fall decorations around the house, always take some time to stretch before any periods of extended activity. The journal Sports Medicine states that recent studies have shown that stretching before activity can be an important factor in preventing injury (4). Protect your back by doing some spine-focused stretches before activity, which can also prevent soreness the next day.


Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying the season! Give the Spine Solutions Center at Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at 832-340-2134. We’re the leading name in spine management for the Clear Lake area.



























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When Does Snoring Become an ENT Problem? These Signs Mean it’s Time to See a Specialist

Snoring can be quite disturbing to both you and your partner’s sleep, but typically, the occasional occurrence of snoring isn’t cause for concern. However, serious snoring can indicate an underlying issue that needs the expertise of an ENT specialist. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that severe snoring can impact not only your quality of sleep, but also your health, so we’ve laid out some signs that mean it’s time to see an ENT doctor for your snoring.


What Causes Snoring?

Snoring occurs when the passages at the back of the mouth and nose become obstructed, limiting the free flow of air. As a result, the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula strike against each other and vibrate, leading to the hoarse snoring sound. While snoring is common in many individuals, when it becomes excessive, it could be the result of an underlying issue that requires the help of an ENT specialist. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, severe snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is characterized by multiple episodes of pauses in breathing that last more than 10 seconds at a time. This is as a result of the collapsing or narrowing of the upper airway. (1)


When Should I See an ENT Specialist for Snoring?

Because obstructive sleep apnea can lead to potential health risks, like a lower amount of oxygen in the blood and a disruption in the body’s normal sleep cycle, those who experience the following symptoms should seek the help of an ENT specialist:


  1. Hypersomnia

The Hypersomnia Foundation defines hypersomnia as a term used to define excessive daytime sleepiness (2). This is a symptom commonly found in those affected by sleep apnea, because the excessive snoring relating to this condition can hinder a deep, restful sleep, leaving those affected feeling fatigued when they are awake. Hypersomnia goes beyond the need for caffeine to help wake you up in the morning – symptoms can include being so sleepy that it can affect your ability to perform routine activities, like driving. Those suffering from hypersomnia as a result of snoring should seek the help of an ENT doctor to help diagnose the presence of obstructive sleep apnea.


  1. Your Snoring Wakes Yourself or Other People Up

The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that heavy snoring can result in the bed partner to experience sleepless nights and fatigue and could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (1). If your snoring has woken you or your partner up at night, it is an indicator that the snoring is serious enough to be a symptom of OSA. Speak to an ENT specialist to determine the best course of treatment.


  1. Difficulty Staying Asleep

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates a link between sleep disorders, like obstructive sleep apnea, and difficulty maintaining sleep (3). Also called insomnia, this difficulty in staying asleep is common with OSA, due to the pauses in breathing and heavy snoring obstructing the body’s ability to maintain a normal sleep schedule.


While snoring occasionally isn’t something to worry about, if you experience the above symptoms due to your snoring, it may be due to obstructive sleep apnea that needs to be diagnosed and treated by an ENT specialist. For ENT services in the Clear Lake area, give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620.










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4 Common Causes of Hip Problems & When You Should Seek Treatment

The summer months often consists of getting outdoors and getting active. Whether it’s walking along the beach or going out for a morning bike ride, the summer months are perfect for being active. However, those affected by hip pain may feel unable to perform their favorite seasonal activity. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand it can be difficult when hip pain holds you back, so we’ve laid out some helpful information on what may be causing your pain and when it’s time to seek orthopedic treatment:


  1. Osteoarthritis

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, osteoarthritis is the most common disorder of the joints in the United States (1). A variety of factors can cause this condition in the hips, including age and trauma. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage in the hip joints begin to break down and cause the bones to rub against each other as you move.



  1. Stress Fractures

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation cites repetitive movements that place excessive stress on the bone as the most common cause of stress fractures in the hip (2).  Typically, stress fractures occur in those involved in high-impact sports, or sports that place a lot of stress on the hip joints, like running.



  1. Snapping Hip Syndrome

According to The American Journal of Sports Medicine, snapping hips syndrome is characterized by hip pain, along with a “snapping” sound coming from the hip joints during movement, and is most common among young adults (3).  Typically, three causes lead to this syndrome: the IT band snapping over the outside of the thigh, the deep hip flexor snapping over the front of the hip joint, and tears of the cartilage that surrounds the hip socket.



  1. Hip Labral Tear

An article published in Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine describes the symptoms associated with a hip labral tear as groin pain, pain in the buttocks, and mechanical symptoms such as clicking or locking in the hip joint (4). This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including heredity conditions, trauma, and repetitive motions. A tear in the hip labrum can cause a large amount of pain, as it causes a disruption in the cartilage’s normal function of holding the ball of the thigh bone securely in the hip socket.



When Should I Seek Treatment for My Hip Pain?

Many of these conditions require the help from physicians at Houston Physicians’ Hospital in the Clear Lake area to help manage symptoms and receive the proper form of treatment. However, it can be difficult to determine when it’s time to seek a professional for your hip pain. Typically, the most common sign that you need to seek treatment is an inability to perform daily activities due to your hip pain. However, there are some other common symptoms that indicate it’s time for expert treatment:


  • Hip pain when at rest
  • Swelling, redness, or a warm sensation around the hip joint
  • Hip pain following an injury or fall
  • Sudden onset of hip pain


For those affected by hip pain in the Clear Lake area, give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620. We’re a leading name in orthopedic pain management and treatment.




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