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If you are searching for alternatives to hip surgery or you are dealing with hip pain and are looking for solutions then hip stem cell therapy or PRP may be a solution for your hip problems. Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics is a leader in hip stem cell therapy and stem cell injections. Our clients come from all over the Southeast because of our superior methods with Regenexx regenerative medicine.

How Hip Pain and Strain Can Happen

The flexible hip joint ranks second only to the shoulder in mobility but wins in stability and strength. The hip has an important job of holding up our upper body and combined with the pelvis that protects the organs, is responsible for all movement of the leg.

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Over time with normal wear and tear or repetitive use, injuries and arthritis occur, and regenerative medicine is an excellent solution in lieu of surgery. Due to the complexity of the hip joint, surgery is particularly difficult and post-surgical recovery can require a long rehabilitation to restore strength and mobility. My name is Dr. Ethan Kellum and I’m a trained orthopedic surgeon at Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics using Regenexx procedures.

In our fast-paced world of constant activity, making the best decision for treatment of a traumatic injury or a degenerative condition isn’t easy. What if surgery wasn’t the only option? At Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics, we envision a future where every patient recovers from their orthopedic procedures with minimal downtime. We treat injuries and degeneration of the hip non-surgically. Our regenerative stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections preserve the joint and tissues for long-term outcomes with high success rates in healing bone, joint, and soft tissue. Located here in Nashville, we offer the nation’s most advanced regenerative medicine.

The Hip Anatomy

The hip joint is made up of two bones; the pelvis and the femur (the thighbone). The largest ball-and-socket joint, the femoral head fits into the acetabulum (a cuplike union of three pelvic bones – the ilium, pubis, and ischium) to form the hip joint.

Surrounding the acetabulum (hip socket) is the labrum – a rim of soft tissue. In addition to stability and protection, the labrum acts as a rubber seal or gasket holding the hip socket in place.

Covering the femoral head and the acetabulum is a smooth layer of articular cartilage that is kept slippery by a fluid made in the joint lining. Because of this, the bones move against each other effortlessly. Large ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the hip joint (the joint capsule) hold the joint in place.

What are Symptoms / Injuries of the Hip?

Symptoms include pain in the front of the hip or groin area that may wrap around to the buttock. Limiting the range of motion are general stiffness, weakness, instability, noticeable locking, clicking, or a catching sensation sometimes causing a limp. The hip is prone to several types of injuries such as a fall or accident that cause twisting of the joint. Joints compromised by osteoporosis leave the hip vulnerable to the slightest trauma. With age or overuse, degenerative conditions can cause a breakdown of cartilage tissue and tears. Some degenerative hip labrum tears are found in patients who have no pain at all.

Injuries include:

  1. Hip Osteoarthritis
  2. Avascular necrosis
  3. Labrum Tears
  4. Tendon Tears
  5. Hip Bursitis
  6. Degenerative problems of the hip

A tear may be partial, or it may sever a tendon, muscle, or the labrum completely.

  1. Traumatic: Traumatic injuries such car accidents or falling.
  2. Overuse: The hip joint area can gradually wear causing microscopic tears to form caused by repeating the same motion again and again. Over time, small tears in a tendon can lead to a bigger tear.

Diagnosis and Detection:

  1. X-rays – the hip is made of cartilage and isn’t visible on x-ray but this method can help rule out other hip problems or detect bone spurs.
  2. MRI – both hard and solf tissues and their injuries are usually detectable in a MRI.
  3. Elecrtomyography (EMG) – this test may be ordered to rule out nerve compression.

Treatment Solutions with Regenexx Technology

Regenexx procedures are an excellent treatment plan for the hip. Hip pain traditionally requires long-term pain management if the underlying causes are not corrected. Hip replacement surgeries and hip resurfacing are not the only options anymore. With Regenexx, our approach to orthopedic care, Interventional Orthopedics, uses image guidance to place high-dose stem cells or platelets (PRP) directly where they are needed in a specific joint structure. These cells work at the site of injury to grow new, healthy tissue.

Most hip joint issues benefit from these advancements in biologics such as PRP and stem cells. Regennex results in repairing bone, joint, and soft tissue are found to be highly effective, and we have helped thousands of patients recover with little or no pain, so you can return to your busy life.

What is Regenexx Regenerative Medicine?

Regenexx is a pioneer in cell-based medicine, who develops and patents advanced stem cell and blood platelet procedures. They support and train a national network of musculoskeletal doctors specializing in advanced regenerative medicine for orthopedic recovery.

Regenerative medicine is the process of using your own body’s tissue to help heal injuries or degenerative conditions to restore normal functions. Regenerative medicine escorts in fast recovery for a new generation of orthopedic procedures eliminating surgery and shortening healing time. These therapies treat conditions that range from basic strains – to ligament and tendon tears – to arthritis.

Ready to Learn More About Regenexx Alternatives to Hip Surgery and Hip Pain?

To find out if you might be a candidate for PRP or stem cells, complete our Regenexx Procedure Candidate form online.


Dr. Ethan Kellum is a native of Henderson, Tennessee. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health and Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. After a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a surgical fellowship in sports medicine, shoulder, and advance arthroscopy at New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He served as assistant team physician for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, and Harvard and Tufts’ University athletics. His main focus is regenerative medicine and keeping patients out of the operating room.

Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics serves clients from all over the Southeast including Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Clarksville, Birmingham, Huntsville, Bowling Green, Paducah, Louisville and Atlanta.