Hip arthritis is very common, with many older Americans reporting some form of the disease. Risk factors like having a family history of the disease or having an injury that stresses the hip cartilage can increase the odds of developing arthritis. However, scientists and doctors are discovering more ways to help combat the onset of arthritis, including some that may be even simpler than you may think. A recent study released in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases has found that patients with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis who participate in a low impact exercise program are less likely to require hip surgery. This is important news for older patients and those who may be at risk for developing arthritis, as regular exercise is shown to have yet another healthy benefit. If you have questions about osteoarthritis and hip pain treatment in Los Angeles, contact the expert doctors at Hip Surgery Center of Excellence today.

What is Hip Arthritis?

Hip arthritis is a condition in which the cartilage is damaged or lost at the socket of the pelvis and the head of the femur (thighbone). The cartilage is important as it is covers all bones in the body provides cushioning in between them. When this cartilage is damaged or destroyed, ,then friction occurs between two bones,  causing both pain and inflammation. There are a number of factors that may lead to the development of hip arthritis, including that patient’s weight and fitness, prior injury, inflammatory disorders, and even normal wear-and-tear. Arthritis in the hip will usually start as discomfort and stiffness in the groin region that may become more severe with certain activities. Therefore, it is important for patients to understand the risk factors and to seek medical consultation with a joint expert when the symptoms of arthritis are suspected.

How does Exercise Help Hip Arthritis?

The results of the study (what study?) showed that people who engaged in alow impact exercise program for 1 hour at least a couple times a week for 3 months were 44% less likely to need a hip replacement procedure up to 6 years later. These participants in the study were compared to a control group that did not partake in an exercise program. The study also found that those who exercised had experienced both improved flexibility and an increased ability to perform certain physical activities when compared to the control group. This was the first study to show that exercise is an important factor for preventing the need for total hip replacement surgery in patients with hip arthritis. Although the exercises that you’re able to participate in will vary, low impact physical activity, such as swimming, stationary biking, or elliptical training,  that involves utilizing your hip joint will aid in the overall continuing health of the joints.

Contact a Hip Arthritis Expert Today

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of exercise and the available treatment options of hip arthritis, contact the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence today. Our award winning Los Angeles orthopedic surgeons are expertly trained in using the most advanced procedures for restoring ability in your hip. You don’t have to suffer from hip arthritis any more, contact us today by calling (888) 760-3378 or through our contact form.