Living with a worn or injured hip joint can be painful and you may find that you do less and less. Simple things such as shopping or getting up from a chair may be painful. But this condition is treatable. An orthopaedic surgeon can replace your hip joint. For most people, a total hip replacement means a return to pain-free moving. If physical therapy and medications do not reduce the pain, a total joint replacement may be right for you. Your doctor will evaluate your hip joint, and you will have a complete physical exam and x-rays. Surgery may be the best answer to your problem.