Hip Preservation

Man working out on field

Hip preservation is a method of treating hip problems through methods that repair the structure and restore the function of a hip so that patients can get back to the physical activities they enjoy. It is primarily used for younger and more active people to correct anatomical problems and avoid early arthritis and other hip problems, which might need more intrusive treatment.

The Benefits of Hip Preservation Procedures

Structural abnormalities in the hip or its surrounding structures are a common cause of activity-related hip pain in young adults. Many of these can be corrected in order to reduce pain, optimize function and perhaps decrease the risk of degeneration of the hip joint.

Read the account of Tom Whelley’s remarkable experience with hip preservation.

Conditions We Treat

  • Hip labral tears
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip instability
  • Dysplasia
  • Hip cartilage damage
  • Extra-articular impingement (ischiofemoral, subspinous, trochanteric-pelvic)
  • Muscle tears around the hip and pelvis (hamstring, hip flexor tears, adductor, sports hernia).

Hip Preservation Specialists

  • Alex Johnson, MD

    • Director of Hip Preservation, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

  • Andrew Barrett Wolff, MD

    Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine