Hip Pain Does Not Have To Get You Down

Learn More About Your Hips

The hip is a ball and socket joint. The ball portion of the joint is called the femoral head, and is part of the upper leg bone (femur). The socket portion is called the acetabulum, and is part of the pelvic bone. The femoral head (ball) fits into the acetabulum (socket) and moves within its natural fluid, called synovial fluid, which helps to lubricate the joint during motion.

In a healthy hip joint, the surface of the bones where the ball and socket rub together are very smooth and covered with a tough protective tissue called cartilage.



Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. It is a slow deterioration of the cartilage that covers your hip’s ball and socket bone. Pain is generally focused in the hip, groin, back or thigh areas. As this condition worsens, a variety of everyday physical activities can become very difficult.


Hip bursitis involves the bursa in your hip becoming inflamed. Your bursa is a liquid-filled sac that acts as a barrier between your hip bone and tendon. Your tendon is made up of a cord of very strong tissue that brings your muscle and bone together.


A dislocated hip occurs when your femur is displaced from your hip socket. This condition is usually brought about as a result of great force which would normally cause a traumatic injury (a car accident or a bad fall).


A fracture is a broken bone. It is a condition that can happen to an individual after experiencing a traumatic, painful injury. When a bone is fractured, the shape of the bone is manipulated by the break. Fractures can happen straight across the bone affected or alongside the actual length of it.

Hip Replacement

In total hip replacement surgery, the ball and socket of your hip are removed and replaced with artificial implants generally made of metal and a durable plastic material. If you are receiving a hip resurfacing procedure as an alternative to total hip replacement, the process works a bit differently. If you are preparing to have your hip resurfaced, the process is similar to a total hip replacement, however, instead of cutting off the top of the thighbone, the head is manipulated with a metal mushroom-like cap.

Orthopedic Locations Near You

  1. CHRISTUS Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

    8591 S. Broadway
    Tyler, Texas 75703

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  2. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Athens

    1505 Highway 19 South
    Athens, Texas 75751
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  3. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark - Canton

    18780 Interstate 20
    Canton, Texas 75103
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  4. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark - Lindale

    3203 South Main Street
    Lindale, Texas 75771
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  5. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Magnolia Medical Plaza - Palestine

    3201 South Loop 256
    Palestine, Texas 75801
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  6. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Jacksonville

    2026 South Jackson Street
    Jacksonville, Texas 75766
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Our Hip Team

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Wesley Castle

Wesley Castle, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery

Jacob Chaney

Jacob Chaney, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook, FNP-C

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Craig De Koker, PA

Kraig De Koker, PA

Orthopedics, Physician Assistant

Tonja Deems

Tonja Deem, AG, ACNP, BC

Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery


Douglas Duncan, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Stephen Littlejohn

Stephen Littlejohn, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine

Dr. Roger McCown

Roger McCown, DO

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

John McCurdy, NP

John McCurdy, NP

Orthopedics, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Christopher Meltsakos

Christopher Meltsakos, MD

Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics

William Phillips

William Phillips, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Jamie Pierce-Hogue, PA-C

Jamie Pierce-Hogue, PA-C

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Art Strahan

Arthur Strahan, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

Brandon Tinkler

Brandon Tinkler, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Kyle Urbanek, NP-C

Kyle Urbanek, NP-C

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Thomas Volatile

Thomas Volatile, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Medical Director for the Joint Replacement Center

Charles Williams

Charles Williams, MD

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery

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