Hip Arthritis or Hip Osteoarthritis causes the degeneration and breakdown of the hip’s cartilage, either due to inflammation or injury to the hip. Arthritis of the hip is also called the degenerative arthritis or age-related arthritis of the hip, as it is also an age-related disease.
Cartilage primarily made of water and proteins cover the ends of the normal joints. Its primary function is to act as a shock absorber, allowing it to change shape when compressed. Cartilage can undergo repairs when damaged but the body does not grow new cartilage.
Hip Osteoarthritis patients have difficulty in walking and diagnosis is difficult at first because the pain can appear in different locations, like the groin, thigh, buttocks or knee. The hip joint pain is either a dull one or a stabbing one and the hip stiffen.
Osteoarthritis has no cure but there are treatments that can help relieve the pain and increase mobility, if administered in the early stages.
Non – Surgical Treatment
The doctors would recommend the following non-surgical treatment in the beginning:
The doctor will recommend surgical treatments when the symptoms cannot be relieved with the non-surgical treatment and the risks of disability from the pain. The doctors usually recommend Total Hip Replacement as the best option.
This is also called Hip Arthroplasty, which is an option when the hip joint pain deters performing the daily activities and also as a last option when other treatments does not work.
Usually in a Hip Replacement surgery, the doctor removes the injured or damaged sections of the hip joint and replaces them with parts constructed from metal or hard plastic. This prosthesis will help reduce pain and improve functionality.