5 Signs You Might Need Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you’re experiencing pain and stiffness in your hip. If the discomfort is more than a mild annoyance, there could be something wrong with your hip joint that may require surgery. The good news is: Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies is here to help. 

Below are five signs you might need hip replacement surgery:

1. You experience pain when you walk.

This pain can range anywhere from in your groin to the outside of your hip and will primarily occur on the downstep of the leg. The pain will be most noticeable when physically walking, jogging, or running.

2. You are experiencing a limited range of motion in your hip joint.

Due to the stiffness of the joint, a hip injury or disorder can decrease your range of motion making the bending of your hip difficult or painful. This includes difficulty bending over, putting on clothes, and actively sitting down or standing up, and climbing up the stairs.

3. You are limping or experiencing limpness in one leg.

Limping can be one of the most overall harmful symptoms of a hip injury or disorder. Not only is it an indicator of hip issues, but excessive or long-term limping can cause other issues including frequent falls, imbalance, or feelings of numbness in the hands or legs.

4. You have swelling or tenderness in your hip.

Just like a bump or a bruise, swelling of the hip is an indicator of internal damage. According to Johns Hopkins Medical, this may include increased friction in the joint, fluid build-up from bursitis or another mass or other inflammation caused by arthritis.

5. You have a feeling of instability in your hip joint.

Whether the result of a traumatic accident or years of wear and tear, hip instability makes it difficult to do everyday tasks such as standing, walking, or exercising. 

While instability may be pain-free, it is a serious indicator of an issue in the joint.



Hip pain is a common complaint that can have many causes, from arthritis to muscle strain. In some cases, these issues could be signs you might need a hip replacement, especially if you continue to experience pain and discomfort. 

If you’re experiencing unexplained and worsening hip pain, contact us today for a consultation with one of our hip joint specialists. 

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