Our specialty-trained hip preservation doctor at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine is the area's distinguished expert in hip preservation procedures.

Hip pain can affect anyone: even young, active individuals can suffer from severe hip pain. In such cases, the latest advances in technology have allowed specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons the ability to not only restore function and reduce pain but to also preserve more healthy bone and tissue. This can prolong normal, healthy hip function. Hip pain can have a number of sources, but it should not be ignored as it can lead to further degeneration and loss of function. Whatever is causing your hip pain, a hip doctor can help diagnose your injury or condition and offer treatment options to provide relief.

Know When It's Time to See a Hip Preservation Doctor Near You

You should make an appointment with a hip preservation doctor near you if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • A mild or severe limp caused by pain or weakness
  • Intense pain caused by pivoting, sitting, or squatting
  • Joint stiffness in the hip
  • Pain in the buttocks, groin, or side of the hip
  • Pain that radiates from your hip to your knee
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Snapping or popping sensation of the hip when in motion
  • Weakened or tight muscles around the hip

These symptoms may be an indication of an injury or condition like the following, which our doctor can diagnose and treat:

  • Early onset hip arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Femoroacetabular (hip) impingement
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip impingement
  • Instability of the hip
  • Hip labral tear
  • Snapping hip syndrome (a.k.a. iliopsoas tendonitis or dancer’s hip)
  • Gluteus medius/minimus, a.k.a. abductor tendon tears
  • Bursitis
  • Hamstring tendon tears

Our hip preservation specialist understands that pain in your hip can drastically hinder your everyday lifestyle. To consult with our orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation, you can request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730 for an appointment. We have locations in Boulder and Lafayette.

Get Your Life Back in Motion with BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine

When it comes to choosing the right doctor to treat your injury or condition, there are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, including their professional training and level of expertise.

Our specialized hip preservation doctor at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine, Austin W. Chen, MD, has completed specialty training specifically in hip preservation techniques and procedures. Dr. Chen has completed two fellowships, which involve an extra year of training dedicated solely to obtaining the advanced skills and knowledge needed in order to treat conditions and injuries relating to a specific area of the body or medical specialty. With Dr. Chen’s extensive training, including one fellowship devoted to hip surgery, he has the expertise to diagnose and treat your hip injury or condition individually to your specific needs.

To treat your hip injury or condition, Dr. Chen will always recommend conservative treatment methods first, such as physical therapy, activity modification, or injections. Our hip surgeons all offer a variety of different injections to help treat your hip injury or condition, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, amniotic fluid, hyaluronic acid/viscosupplementation, and steroid; however, there are some instances where these nonsurgical methods do not provide adequate relief and surgery is necessary in order to restore your health. Our hip preservation surgeon specializes in performing a variety of the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive hip procedures, which include:

  • Hip Arthroscopy with:
  • Femoroplasty (impingement treatment)
  • Acetabuloplasty (impingement treatment)
  • Labral preserving repair or reconstruction
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Lengthening of the iliopsoas
  • Capsular plication (i.e tightening) or reconstruction
  • Loose body removal
  • Gluteus Medius/Minimus a.k.a. abductor muscle repair
  • Bursal excision
  • Hip Replacement

In addition to providing state-of-the-art nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical care, our hip preservation doctor also works closely with our physical therapists, taking a team approach in your recovery with the goal of getting you back to your healthy, active lifestyle.

To consult with our hip preservation specialist at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine to learn about your injury or condition and the available treatment options, please request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730.