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When Should You See a Hip Doctor?

The hip is a complicated mechanism made up of two bones, the pelvis and the femur (the thighbone). Many powerful muscles connect to and cross by the hip joint, making it possible for us to accelerate quickly during actions like walking, running and jumping. Hip pain can stem from a number of causes, including osteoarthritis, trauma-related injuries like a bad fall, or other hip disorders.

If you exhibit symptoms of hip pain, such as intense pain, sudden swelling in the hip area, inability to move your leg or hip, or deformities of the hip joint, seek immediate medical attention.

Due to the hip’s complexity, hip pain can originate in many different parts of the joint. Learning the anatomy of your hip will better enable you to pinpoint your potential hip condition and work with your doctor to keep it from limiting your life.

Hip Conditions

How Resurgens Diagnoses Hip Pain

Pain-free mobility in the hip is important to so many of our daily activities, so when a patient experiences hip pain, Resurgens Hip Center works to accurately identify the cause of the pain and degree of severity in order to properly treat it.

In order to diagnose your specific condition and create the right treatment plan for you, our expert physicians perform a thorough evaluation, reviewing the patient's history, examination, and diagnostic imaging studies to determine what measures should be taken.

Resurgens offers a range of diagnostic procedures for hip pain, including hip joint arthroscopy, to help uncover the exact location and severity of your condition.

How Resurgens Diagnoses Hip Pain

Non-Surgical and Surgical Solutions for Hip Pain

Treatment solutions will depend on the location and severity of your specific condition, but it is always the goal of our physicians to provide treatment options that work for your lifestyle and situation. Resurgens physicians consult with each patient to determine the best treatment options to help you reach your goals, whether through non-surgical solutions or surgical procedures. Learn more about our expertise in hip procedures here.

In addition to non-surgical options, our hip therapists have advanced training and expertise in rehabilitation and work closely with our hip physicians to ensure that each patient is returned to the highest level of function and pain relief possible.

For more severe hip conditions, you may require hip surgery. Resurgens hip experts will ensure that appropriate conservative measures have been attempted prior to surgical intervention. If it’s determined that a surgical solution is required, our team is trained in the latest techniques in hip surgical solutions, including total joint replacement.

Hip Procedures
Non-Surgical and Surgical Solutions for Hip Pain


We know how life-changing a hip surgical procedure can be. Our physicians answer your most pressing questions so you know what to expect during a visit and throughout your recovery. See our FAQ on hip surgical procedures to find out more.

Hip FAQs

Learn About Your Hip

Using our Patient Education Center

We want you to have all the knowledge you need to make the best decision about your health. Explore our extensive video library to learn about common injuries, conditions, treatments and surgeries in more detail.

Explore The Education Center
Patient Education

Success Stories

  • Barclay Smith

    “He is not only a wonderful surgeon but he has a wonderful bedside manner”

    New Hip, Care from Resurgens Orthopaedics

    Well into her 60s, Barclay Smith still likes to climb mountains – the taller, the better. The East Cobb resident has a summer home in Colorado, which has 52 mountains higher than 14,000 feet, and her goal has always been to try and climb as many of them as she could. In recent years, her left hip proved a major obstacle towards that goal. A previous procedure by another practice on the joint left her with some negative side effects. She had a lot of pain and suffered from drop foot, which is a difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot. The drop foot, which caused her to trip frequently, made it impossible... Continue Reading

  • Thomas Curran

    “Mission Accomplished, Doc! Thank you for getting me active again.”

    I am Playing Golf Again

    Thomas Curran has Anterior Approach Hip Surgery Thomas Curran is a recent retiree who enjoys playing golf.  His family is very active and when it came to his retirement he was excited to start playing golf with his family and friends more often. While playing golf with his son, his son noticed that he did not turn his hips when he swung the golf club. After informing him that he had difficulty with that motion, his son told him, “you need to get that checked out”.  He went to his primary care physician who took x-rays and informed him that he needed to go see an orthopaedic surgeon.  He selected Resurgens Orthopaedics and Dr. Robert Yarbrough.... Continue Reading

  • Darwin Hobbs

    "Because of Dr. Hanna’s commitment to excellence and his willingness to share his education with me, it empowered...

    Popular Gospel Singer Now Free from Pain after Hip Replacement Surgery

    Darwin Hobbs Credits His Rapid Recovery to Surgery by Dr. Mark W. Hanna of Resurgens Orthopaedics Pain was a way of life for popular gospel singer Darwin Hobbs before hip replacement surgery this spring at Resurgens Orthopaedics — Georgia’s largest orthopaedics practice.  At 42, Hobbs, director of music, worship, and creative arts at the 16,000-member Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, has lived with pain since he had surgery at the age of 14 to correct a slipped growth plate in his hip.  While he had been told for years he needed a hip replacement, only when he met with Dr. Mark Hanna at Resurgens did Hobbs decide to have... Continue Reading

  • Bobbie Bryan

    “Now, I walk, I run, and my husband and I can go dancing.”

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Returns to Volunteering Following Hip Replacement Surgery

    Bobbie Bryan Returns to North Fulton Hospital as Volunteer and Shares Her Success Story With Other Patients After years of chronic pain that severely limited her activities, Bobbie Bryan is pain free and back at her desk as a volunteer at North Fulton Hospital following hip replacement surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics.   Enthusiastically greeting new patients at the hospital, Mrs. Bryan, 68, is quick to credit her surgeon, Dr. G. Dale Lane of the Resurgens Roswell office, with her recovery. “He totally fixed me. I’m perfect,” she says with a chuckle. “I can dance, which is something I thought I would never do again. I can go on trips,... Continue Reading

  • Yulunda Jackson

    "Dr. Albert made me feel comfortable about the procedures and my options.”

    Double Hip Replacement Can’t Stop 34-Year-Old Decatur Resident

    Yulunda Jackson Swims, Jogs, and Plays Racquetball as Part of Her Commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle At 34, Yulunda Jackson is the picture of health. She goes to the gym twice a week, swims, jogs, and plays racquetball. Before surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics, however, her life was very different.  Jackson developed lupus in her 20s, and the autoimmune disease wreaked havoc with her health. Then she began to have problems with her bones, which she blamed on the steriods she was taking to control the lupus.  At age 27, Jackson began to have pain in her hips, and she was diagnosed with avascular necrosis. After seeing several doctors, she found Dr. Mary J.... Continue Reading

  • Larry Castillo

    Castillo became a patient of Resurgens Orthopaedics after he moved to Atlanta in 1984.

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Continues Competitive Canoeing After Multiple Surgeries

    Larry Castillo Credits 16 Orthopaedic Surgeries With Allowing Him To Continue to Win Canoe Races At the age of 66, competitive canoe racer Laurens (Larry) Castillo counts a total of 16 surgeries since he started white water canoeing more than two decades ago. First his knees, then his shoulders, and finally his back required orthopaedic surgery. This fall, a year after hip replacement at Resurgens Orthopaedics, the Kennesaw resident won first place in the 29-mile Suwannee River canoe race in Florida and fourth place in the amateur class in the highly competitive 90-mile Adirondack Classic in New York State. In both races, he competed with men of all ages. Without the surgeries,... Continue Reading

  • Sam Mason

    Mason recovered from surgery quickly, he believes, because he followed Dr. Bircoll's instructions.

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Kiteboards Six Months after Hip Replacement Surgery

    Sam Mason Replaces Walker with Cane, Then Soars Over the Ocean on a Kiteboard Sam Mason's hip pain started while working on a wind turbine construction project in Wisconsin. The environmental engineer from Tucker began having trouble getting in and out of his truck. "All of a sudden I couldn't bend over to tie my shoes," Mason said. Returning home from the construction project last July, he called Resurgens Orthopaedics and set up an appointment with Dr. Lawrence A. Bircoll. "I was amazed to find out I had severe arthritis in that hip," Mason said, praising Dr. Bircoll for explaining his condition and treatment options. "As an engineer, I... Continue Reading

  • Roy Wyatt

    "When you get old, you have two choices. You either do it, or you sit"

    Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro Following Hip Replacement Surgery

    Roy Wyatt, 75, Keeps Moving After Two Hip Replacements For Roy Wyatt of Lilburn, undergoing hip replacement surgery was as quick and easy as having a tooth pulled. He was back to exercising at the YMCA within one week after his first hip replacement, and less than six months after his second hip replacement, he completed the Peachtree Road Race for the 14th consecutive year. At 74, Wyatt did not let his surgery slow him down. The runner, hiker, mountain climber, and retired banker climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2007, just prior to his second hip replacement. Later that year, in September, he spent six weeks riding his bicycle from St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego,... Continue Reading

  • Randy Martin

    The biggest sign of a hip problem is groin or knee pain. After suffering from severe bone-on-bone knee pain for...

    Hip Replacement Fixed Knee Pain Too

    By the time he saw Dr. Robert Yarbrough, Randy Martin had been suffering from severe bone-on-bone knee pain for almost 30 years. But could Randy's knee pain actually be coming from his hip? After watching Randy walk, Dr. Yarbrough ordered hip x-rays. The biggest sign of a hip problem is groin or knee pain. This is usually associated with loss of motion, swelling, and/or stiffness. It is quite common for people with hip problems to complain about pain in their knee and difficulty putting on socks and shoes, losing mobility and flexibility in their golf swing, or extreme stiffness after sitting. Watch Dr. Yarbrough and Randy share his hip replacement success... Continue Reading

  • Malcolm Aga

    For Malcolm Aga, athletics, adventure, and traveling were part of his lifestyle since he was a child. At age 59,...

    Conquering Mt. Everest After Hip Replacement

    For Malcolm Aga, athletics, adventure, and traveling were part of his lifestyle since he was a child.  At age 59, hip problems prevented him from crossing the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek off his bucket list. He then decided he wasn’t going to let anything stand in his way. First, a few details about the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek: Hikers land at Lukla airport in Nepal, a harrowing journey in its own right.  Often dubbed ‘the world’s most dangerous airport’ because high winds, turbulence, and rough terrain can make for an exceptionally difficult landing.  Upon landing, trekkers have time for little more than a quick stop at one of the... Continue Reading

  • Lisa Callahan

    “They replaced my hip and my daughter drove me home. I didn’t stay in the hospital; it was amazing.”

    Operation Walk and Dr. Hanna got Lisa back to her family

    To Lisa Callahan, being a valuable, dependable member of her family is everything.  When her mobility was limited by osteoarthritis pain in her hips, she felt like she had lost everything.  Now, thanks to Resurgens Orthopaedics and Operation Walk, she’s back to taking care of her grandkids again and that means the world to her. Lisa’s Reach for More Story starts in April of 2016, when she woke up one morning with severe hip pain that left her unable to walk without the aid of a cane or walker.  Although she struggled with intermittent back and knee pain in the past, she never experienced anything that limited her mobility to the same degree.  Knowing... Continue Reading

  • Michelle Jenkins

    “I am so happy with the care and the results; I just can’t say enough good things about them.”

    Dancing after minimally invasive hip replacement

    For Michelle R. Jenkins, staying active was too important to let a little hip pain stop her.  At age 58 she’s traveled all over the United States, gone skiing in Tahoe, and (perhaps most importantly to her) has a fulfilling career as a nurse practitioner.  Now, just 8 weeks after having her second hip replacement surgery, she’s got no plans to slow down.  For Michelle, her active life included dancing, shopping, baking, gardening, hiking, and so much more.  But after decades of living life to the fullest, hip pain crept in rather abruptly. “We had moved in January [2018], and suddenly the pain got so bad, I could barely walk… It really... Continue Reading

  • Gemal Eustache

    I thought I was going to be just a number on a page but that has not been the case,”

    Getting A Chef Back On His Feet And Back In The Kitchen!

    Passion is a part of everyday life for Gemal Eustache; when he’s in the kitchen, he channels that passion into creating gourmet dishes that reflect not only his diverse cultural heritage but his travels around the country and the world as well.  When a car accident caused severe injuries to his knee and hip, it left him with a challenge he didn’t anticipate, and those injuries stood between him and his passion for cooking.  With the support of his family, Dr. Michael Quackenbush, and the team at Resurgens Orthopaedics, Chef Gemal is working harder than ever to regain his ability to walk so he can get back to the kitchen. Born in New York City, Gemal moved to the... Continue Reading

  • Joey Mallin

    “I’m just glad to be alive; glad that I made it through.”

    Turning a Tragedy into a New Beginning

    As a high school student, Joey Mallin was passionate about sports.  He played soccer every day and was looking forward to his life after graduation.  As is often the case in life, things didn’t exactly go according to plan and Joey was severely injured in a car accident.  Now, more than a year after the accident, Joey has made a nearly full recovery and his experiences have given him a new outlook on life - including a new calling: he’ll be studying to become a physical therapist!  Here’s how Joey Mallin turned a tragedy into a new beginning. “It was October 22nd, 2017, 5: 00A.M,” Joey recalls.  “I was driving with my... Continue Reading

  • Lyndy Parker

    After some urging and reassurances from her kids and husband, Lyndy decided to make the trip to the U.S. to speak to...

    Across the Pond for her Hip Replacement

    At Resurgens Orthopaedics, we’re proud to be providing some of the best medical care not just in the United States, but in the entire world!  When patients visit us from other countries, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to give them the care they need so that they can Reach for More no matter which corner of the world they hail from.  We recently had a chance to treat Lyndy Parker, who came to us all the way from the U.K. to have her hip replacement surgery performed by Dr. Doug Widener and our team of skilled surgeons.  Here’s more about Lyndy and how she’s reaching for more with her brand new hip! Lyndy Parker knew for most of her adult life that she would have hip... Continue Reading