Hip Pain and Hip Injury

Duke is a nationally ranked leader in the treatment of hip pain, hip injuries and hip preservation for patients of every age. Our specialists in Raleigh and Durham perform more than 1,000 hip replacement surgeries each year, and often correct unsuccessful surgeries performed elsewhere. Our goal is to offer you relief from the pain and disability often associated with hip injuries and deteriorating hip conditions.

Sam Hanebeck is back in the saddle after complicated hip surgery at Duke.

National Leaders in Treating Painful Hip Conditions

Debilitating hip pain needs an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. You’ll work with teams of specialists whose goal is to minimize your pain and return you to everyday living as soon as possible.

Our doctors pioneered game-changing techniques to relieve hip pain and dysfunction caused by arthritis, bursitis, fractures and labral tears resulting from femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and hip dysplasia. We’re nationally recognized for our comprehensive treatment approach to less common conditions such as avascular necrosis, as well as conditions typically seen in children and adolescents, including slipped capital femoral epiphysis (occurs when the upper part of the thighbone shifts, which can weaken the hip joint), perthes disease (a hip joint disorder), and sports hernia (also known as athletic pubalgia). We specialize in the preservation of hip bones and joints in patients of all ages, and our patients benefit from our ongoing research to find new ways to prevent hip deterioration.

Choose Duke Orthopaedics because we offer:xf

  • 24-hour access. If you need orthopedic care fast due to pain or injury we offer 24-hour access to appointments. In many cases, a orthopaedic provider may see you the same day you call for an appointment. Learn more about obtaining an appointment within the next 24 hours.
  • Orthopaedic urgent care. If you need immediate care for an injury, Duke Orthopaedics Urgent Care offers orthopaedic-specific care at two convenient locations seven days a week. You will experience the convenience of fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to sick people.
  • Teamwork that yields the best care. You’ll work with a team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and patient resource managers who devote themselves to your well being. You’ll be treated compassionately and holistically, with the goal of returning to your optimal function and enhanced quality of life.
  • Doctor expertise. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and doctors have undergone additional years of specialized training. We treat a high volume of patients with hip conditions, and perform over 1,000 hip replacements each year. Our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Surgical advances not widely available. We offer minimally invasive surgical approaches, as well as surgically precise, computer-assisted hip replacement. Our surgeons are among a select few in North Carolina to perform complicated hip surgeries, such as periacetabular osteotomy for hip dysplasia. Our vast experience means you recover faster and experience less pain.
  • Advanced care for young hips. We are one of the few centers to offer the full array of hip preservation treatments for younger patients with painful and debilitating hip conditions.
  • A history of innovation. We pioneered free vascularized bone graft, a surgical approach to treat avascular necrosis, the death of bone in the hip joint. We train doctors around the country to perform free vascularized bone graft, which eases pain associated with avascular necrosis and can restore patients to normal function.


In addition to conservative treatments for hip pain, such as medication and physical therapy, Duke offers a full array of effective surgical procedures.


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