The human hip joint performs the important role of enabling a range of bodily motions. Hip osteoarthritis is one of the major health concerns that can impact the joint’s functionality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hip osteoarthritis impacts almost 9 percent and 11 percent of the male and female population respectively falling in the age group 45 and above. The problem arises when cartilages wear down due to regular wear and tear, old age, or injury. Hip osteoarthritis, apart from resulting in recurring episodes of unbearable pain, can also lead to joint stiffness, and deformity. Physicians who are members of the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat a multitude of orthopedic conditions including hip osteoarthritis. To help you know more about the health condition, the post discusses important aspects of the problem. Take a look.
The exact cause of hip osteoarthritis can’t be ascertained in most cases. That said, patients usually have one or more of the conditions below:
- Increased age (people above 45 years). The risks increase substantially in people who are in their 60s and 70s.
- Excessive body weight that results in increased pressure on the hip, accelerating the wear and tear process.
- Injuries or past surgeries.
- Congenital defects and any inherited health issues such as poor bone alignment, joint dislocation, and another type of arthritis.
Patients must learn to identify early symptoms and signs of osteoarthritis and bring the issue to their doctor’s attention to ensure the problem doesn’t worsen. Early detection, in most cases, holds the key to speedy and complete recovery, therefore, individuals must not overlook the following hip osteoarthritis hip symptoms:
- Joint stiffness.
- Difficulty in performing bodily motions, such as spreading legs, and moving them freely.
- Joint pain affecting the hip and surrounding parts, including the groin, back, and thigh.
- Hip inflammation that can weaken the surrounding muscles.
- Popping sound that can result due to friction between different bones.
Patients suffering from hip osteoarthritis often report pain in the hip and surrounding areas, such as back and leg. The symptoms that individuals suffering from the health condition experience can be similar to those experienced by people suffering from other health issues such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction report. To avoid confusion and arrive at concrete conclusions, doctors need to follow a comprehensive approach when performing a diagnosis. They must conduct a detailed patient interview to learn about the prevalence of any genetic disorder in their family. The doctor must also perform physical tests to check the hip’s range of motions. They also prescribe different tests and may need an X-Ray, and MRI reports to arrive at conclusions.
There are two approaches to treating hip osteoarthritis – non-surgical and surgical.
- Exercises, including water therapy to enhance muscle strength. Doctors may also prescribe additional exercises for patients carrying excessive flab to help them lose extra pounds.
- Doctors may also advise patients with to get adequate rest and stop performing activities that can strain the hip joint such as climbing stairs.
- Many doctors recommend the use of supporting devices such as canes, walkers, and cushioning shoes.
In severe cases, where pain doesn’t subside even after the patient has made substantial lifestyle changes, the doctor may prescribe any one of the surgical options below:
- Arthroscopy which involves removing bone spurs and cartridges.
- Osteotomy to achieve proper bone alignment.
- Arthroplasty, commonly known as total hip replacement, involves replacing the original hip joint with an artificial one.
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Individuals suffering from hip osteoarthritis should pay attention to early symptoms & signs of hip osteoarthritis. They should consult their doctor immediately to avoid the progression of the problem. If surgery is suggested it is important for patients to seek the help of an experienced orthopedic surgeon to avoid complications. At Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center, consumers can be connected through the referral program to surgeons who treat hip osteoarthritis. To learn more about the services, fill out our contact form, or call at 1-888-608-4762.
*Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.