Hip Care

Hip problems are common in older adults and athletes, and they're treatable.

Look to UC San Diego Health orthopedists for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of your hip condition.

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When to See a Doctor

If you have hip pain that lasts more than a week, you should see a doctor. An early diagnosis and the right treatment can prevent more serious or permanent damage to your joint or surrounding soft tissue.

Do I Need a Referral for Orthopedic Care?

You can make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists directly without a referral. If you have an HMO, however, your insurance plan may require a referral from your primary care physician.

Evaluation and Diagnosis

At UC San Diego Health, you receive a complete workup of your hip condition. This includes a careful review of your health history and current symptoms, a physical exam of your hip, and X-rays. To learn more about your condition, your doctor may also recommend an injection or MRI (or both) if there are inconsistencies in your diagnosis, symptoms or response to treatment. Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor will discuss your treatment options and goals.

Hip Surgery

UC San Diego Health orthopedic surgeons offer advanced surgical techniques for treating hip conditions that have not responded to conservative treatment.

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy, also known as a "hip scope," is a minimally invasive approach that may reduce trauma to your hip and speed recovery. Arthroscopy can be used to repair a torn labrum, fix an impingement, and clean away torn cartilage or loose bodies. 

Catherine Robertson, MD, performs hip arthroscopy at UC San Diego Health and is one of the only orthopedic surgeons in Southern California with specialized training in this complex surgical technique. She is also the lead team physician for the San Diego Padres and was an associate team physician for the San Diego Chargers.

Online Second Opinions

If You're Considering Hip Surgery

UC San Diego Health offers online reviews of your hip X-rays or MRI. A second read of your imaging is a convenient, affordable way to weigh your treatment options.

Center for Joint Care

Hip & Knee Replacement

If you have severe joint damage or degeneration, you may be a candidate for a hip replacement or resurfacing. UC San Diego Health surgeons offer a range of surgical approaches and are sought out for their expertise in complex revision surgeries as well.

Sports Medicine in Primary Care

Many hip conditions can be diagnosed and treated by one of our primary care physicians (PCPs) with expertise in sports medicine.

Sports Medicine PCPs

More about Hip Conditions and Care

For more general information about hip conditions and treatments, visit our Health Library: