Hip arthritis is a condition in which the head of the thighbone and the socket of the pelvis have experienced damage or loss of cartilage. The cartilage allows the bone to glide inside the socket and when it is damaged or lost, bone rubs against bone causing pain and inflammation.
Patients with hip arthritis are usually in their 60’s or 70’s. Your risk may vary based on numerous factors including weight, activity level, and hip joint structure. The arthritis may be caused by wear and tear, hip impingement (often written as “impigment”), inflammatory disorders, or injury. Hip arthritis can usually be diagnosed by looking for loss off cartilage in an X-ray. Hip arthritis can be treated in either one or a combination of ways depending on the patient’s age and the severity of the condition.
At the La Peer Hip Surgery Center of Excellence, our hip surgeons are among the leading experts in their field. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive individualized treatment plans. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest hip arthritis treatments.
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Treatment Options for Hip Arthritis
Most doctors approach hip arthritis treatment first with basic steps and before progressing to more involved steps, including possibly surgery. The following steps may be helpful in the treatment of hip arthritis:
- Activity Modification: Certain types of activities that aggravate or advance hip arthritis may be limited.
- Weight Loss: Joints that have to carry excess weight will result in more pain so a weight loss program can by very beneficial.
- Crutches or Canes: Walking aids will help to decrease the weight placed on the arthritic joint.
- Physical Therapy: Strengthening of the muscles around the hip joint may be beneficial to managing hip arthritis.
- Medications and Supplements: Anti-inflammatory medications and use of glucosamine may help in treating pain and inflammation.
In situations where non-surgical treatments have been ineffective, surgery may be recommended. An osteotomy may be an option if the patient is young and the arthritis is limited to a small area within the hip joint. During an osteotomy, the surgeon rotates the arthritic bone away from the hip joint so weight is carried elsewhere on the hip joint. Another option is hip replacement surgery, during which arthritic bone is cut away and replaced with an artificial joint.
Hip Arthritis Treatment FAQ’s
Q: Are there any side effects associated with anti-inflammatory medications?
A: Although side effects are rare, they can include fever, chills, itching, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
Q: How will I know that surgery for my hip arthritis is required?
A: Considerable restriction in mobility and chronic pain even when resting are often indicators that surgery is necessary.
Q: If I have a hip replacement for hip arthritis, will I be able to play sports again?
A: Yes. After six months for most patients, they can golf, hike, cycle, swim, and even jog lightly. Sports that should generally be avoided include skiing and competitive contact sports. Your doctor will advise you on what’s right for your body.
Q: How long will an artificial hip joint last?
A: An artificial hip joint may start to loosen after 15 to 20 years.
Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon
The Los Angeles hip surgeons at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence are among the country’s most renowned orthopedic specialists. Their patients receive the latest and most innovative surgical care for hip arthritis. Find out how they can help treat your hip arthritis by calling (888) 760-3378. You may also fill out our online contact form and a member of our office will be in touch with you shortly.
Please read this article on WebMD about hip osteoarthritis.
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