Arthritis means ‘joint inflammation’ and osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. When you have OA in your hip then your pelvis, lower extremity, and of course your ball-and-socket joint may become inflamed and ‘angry’ which leads to constant aches and serious pain in the hip joint.
The wear and tear that osteoarthritis that is often very progressive wears away the cartilage in the hip bone and exposes the bones to grind against each other causing
This condition often has a genetic component, but it is more pronounced in people who
are overweight. If you have injured your hip and have osteoarthritis that runs in your family then you’re chances of suffering from hip osteoarthritis are significantly increased.
There are other types of hip arthritis that cause significant pain and restricted
movements such as autoimmune spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis. The hip pains manifest the same as with OA.
Since the hip is a vital weight-bearing joint, the pains suffered from an arthritic hip are significant. As well as the consequences and restrictions of movement due to the pain can be heartbreaking.
Hip arthritis is more common in people over age 50, but injuries, as well as a genetic predisposition to having arthritis, could move the timetable up on dealing with osteoarthritis in the hips.
Symptoms Of Hip Osteoarthritis
If you experience hip pains in coordination with bad weather then this is a symptom.
The pain may vary and you may not have consistent pain. The common result is some days are just fine and other days you want to bite your lip to stop from screaming in
agony. It is also dependent on activities. If you have a very active day and notice
more hip pains then this may be a symptom of osteoarthritis. As your condition
gets worse then the pain often becomes more steady versus the sporadic good months and bad months.
How To Find Out If You Have Osteoarthritis In Your Hip.
A doctor will have you do a series of tests including a range of motion as well as everyday activities to see how you respond as well as what level of pain you experience by doing functions such as sitting down and getting up as well as a number of other actions.
The doctor will also assess your lower back or the lumbar region to be sure any associated parts of your body have not been adversely impacted by the deterioration of your hip. The orthopedic surgeon will also do tests to determine nerve function as well as the blood supply (vascular supply) going to your hip and extremities in order to make sure that you don’t have issues with your neurovascular function.
It is not necessary to have MRI or bone scans, although some doctors may want to perform them, most often the X-ray will provide all of the information needed in order to make the determination in conjunction with the previously described tests.
Traditional Treatment Includes, But Is Not Limited To:
Surgery to repair (Hip resurfacing)Surgery to replace (THR)Weight LossActivityReductionWalking AidsPhysical TherapyPainKillers
Most people want to be as active as possible regardless of age so our therapy is a great option to consider before seeking the traditional treatment options stated above.
Why replace when you can have a natural health option?