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Biological Reconstruction of the Hip for Optimal Movement

The Hip Preservation Program at University of Utah Health's Orthopaedic Center has an expert clinical team committed to providing value-based care for patients of all ages with hip pain and hip conditions. Our multidisciplinary team includes specialty-trained and board-certified orthopedic specialists.

The focus of hip preservation is biological reconstruction of the hip for optimal movement and interaction of the hip joint, ball, and socket. Abnormal hip joints can cause pain in your everyday life and have been shown to be the leading cause of osteoarthritis.

We are here to help young adults keep their quality of life in spite of hip pain or hip joint degeneration. Our comprehensive approach to hip pain treatment provides leading-edge medical and surgical care for patients throughout the Mountain West. We are here to help you as partners for life.

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When to See a Hip Specialist

Why Choose University of Utah Health?

Keeping your hips in good condition can immensely affect your quality of life. If you have any hip pain or hip problems—no matter your age—you should see a specialist. This will help you preserve your hip joint for as long as possible.

Particularly as a young adult, hip pain can make life really difficult! There are treatment options, however, for individuals with painful hips. Doctors at University of Utah Health's Hip Preservation Program are specially trained to diagnose and treat specific hip conditions. We also constantly conduct research allowing us to look for better treatments.

Our specialists provide high-quality, coordinated care. This means that the services you need are coordinated across different specialists and procedures—giving you the best care from the beginning to the end of your treatment.

Personalized Treatment for Hip Problems & Conditions

We know that many patients need personalized treatment options that meet their unique needs. We are here to partner with you for life offering exceptional care. With you we will determine customized treatment plans that target your personal hip problems.

Conditions & Treatments


See Our Providers for Hip Pain

You do not need a referral to see one of our specialists for hip pain.* Before you come to see us, please follow these steps:

  • Get an X-ray at your local health center.
  • Send us your X-ray.
  • Make an appointment with our hip pain specialists by calling 801-587-7109.*

Based on your X-ray, we’ll make every attempt to get you in with the right provider for the most appropriate evaluation and individualized treatment of your hip pain.

*Be sure to check with your insurance beforehand to see if they require you to have a referral to see one of our hip pain specialists.

For Our Patients

When Should You See a Doctor for Hip Pain?

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What to Expect at Your First Appointment With a Hip Doctor

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Meet Our Patients

Former University of Utah Basketball Star Dominates Final Year of Collegiate Career After Hip Preservation Surgery

University of Utah Women’s Basketball player, Dru Gylten, felt a pinching sensation in her hip and groin area. Thinking it was normal muscle soreness, she hoped the issue would resolve itself. Unfortunately, things only got worse.

Read Dru's Story

National Speed Skater Gets Back On the Ice After Hip Arthroscopy

Competitive speed skater, Blair Cruikshank, was experiencing persistent, worsening hip pain that interfered with her training. The Hip Preservation Program at University of Utah Health found an effective treatment for her hip pain to get her back on the ice at full speed.

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The Dancer Who Had Hip Dysplasia

As a dancer, Tylar always got regular X-rays, but her scans showed no abnormalities. Since she had a condition called adult hip dysplasia, the symptoms only began to show later in life. Eventually the pain in her hip and knees grew more and more intense, and physical therapy was no longer helping.

Read Tylar's Story

Back On the Podium After Hip Replacement

Paul LaStayo, PhD, PT, CHT, is a competitive cyclist, but when his chronic hip pain got so bad, he could no longer compete. That’s when he turned to the University Orthopaedic Center for a total hip replacement surgery. And now, with his pain completely gone, Paul isn’t just back to racing. He’s back on the podium to winning.

Read Paul's Story

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