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 inflammed 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 severe pain.
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 causes significant pain and restricted movement such as autoimmune spondyloarthropathies and rhematoid 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 pre-disposition to having arthritis could move the time table up on dealing with osteoarthritis in 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 a 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 verses the sporadic good months and bad months.
How To Find Out If Your Have Osteoarthritis In Your Hip.
A doctor will have you do a series of tests including 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 scanes, although some doctors may want to perfom them, but most often the X-ray will provide all of the information needed in order to make the determination in conjuction 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 stem cell therapy is a great option to consider before seeking the traditional treatment options stated above.
Why replace when you can regenerate?