Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Like other joints that carry your weight, your hips may be at risk for “wear and tear” arthritis (osteoarthritis), the most common form of the disease. The smooth and glistening covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of your bones that helps your hip joint glide may wear thin.

Osteoarthritis Hip

Osteoarthritis Hip

Cause


About 10 million Americans reported having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

You are more likely to get it if you have a family history of the disease.

You are also at risk if you are elderly, obese, or have an injury that puts stress on your hip cartilage.

You can develop osteoarthritis if you do not have any risk factors.

See your doctor as soon as possible if you think you may have it.

Symptoms


Your first sign may be a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock, or thigh when you wake up in the morning. The pain flares when you are active and gets better when you rest.

If you do not get treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip, the condition keeps getting worse until resting no longer relieves your pain. The hip joint gets stiff and inflamed. Bone spurs might build up at the edges of the joint.

When the cartilage wears away completely, bones rub directly against each other. This makes it very painful for you to move. You may lose the ability to rotate, flex or extend your hip. If you become less active to avoid the pain the muscles controlling your joint get weak, and you may start to limp.

Diagnosis


You doctor will determine how much the disease has progressed. Describe your symptoms and when they began.

Your doctor may rotate, flex, and extend your hips to check for pain.

He or she may want you to walk or stand on one leg to see how your hips line up.

Both hips will probably be X-rayed to check if hip joint space has changed, and if you have developed bone spurs or other abnormalities.

Treatment


While you cannot reverse the effects of osteoarthritis, early nonsurgical treatment may help you avoid a lot of pain and disability and slow progression of the disease. Surgery can help you if your condition is already severe.

Nonsurgical Treatment

If you have early stages of osteoarthritis of the hip, the first treatment may be:

  • Rest your hip from overuse
  • Follow a physical therapy program of gentle, regular exercise like swimming, water aerobics or cycling to keep your joint functioning and improve its strength and range of motion
  • Use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Lubricant injection for coating of your hip joint
  • You may need to lose weight if you are overweight. As the disease progresses, you may need to use a cane.

Surgical Treatment

If you have later stages of osteoarthritis, your hip joint hurts when you rest at night, and/or your hip is severely deformed, your doctor may recommend total hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty).

You will get a two-piece ball and socket replacement for your hip joint. This will cure your pain and improve your ability to walk. You may need crutches or a walker for a while after surgery.

Rehabilitation is important to restore the flexibility in the hip and work your muscles back into shape.

Call +65 64712674 to speak to our hip specialist on your hip pain today.

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  1. Narendra Nichani says:

    Hello Doctor

    I had chronic osteomyelitis when I was just 13 years old -this was on left femur hip joint – this happened in 1976 – I was operated – during this period my left leg had shortened – the doctor put some iron rod thru my knee n put some weight to lengthen the left leg – during the operation lot of abscess was removed from my left femur joint – medical tests were conducted to check on the abscess – there were no TB or Cancer traces -the bacteria that caused the septic was identified to be as Stefilo Coccaii – I recovered after few months but had a relapse in 1978 – it was same problem again – same location n once again I was operated and abscess removed from left hip femur – I recovered but then had a relapse again after 6months – I was operated again but had fourth relapse – the Orthopaedic doctor identified my case as chronic osteomyelitis n mentioned that this can always recur n there is no cure.

    I had no choice but to switch to homeopathy for cure – homeopath doctor assured me of complete recovery and he succeeded to cure me completely by 1981 – after that I had no pain no abscess formation and lead a good working life till 2008 – I had a recurrence again and was operated couple of times to remove the abscess in 2008- the result of this operation was that my left leg has shortened as compared to right leg n I have a limp in my walk. Also my left hip joint is not functional freely – I can’t move my leg freely n can’t climb steps without support

    After that I have not had this occurrence but have problem with my hip movement – I can’t sit for long hours on chair and feel the pain if I sit too long – I also can’t stand or walk beyond 30 mins – if I do walk or stand for more than 45 mins then I start getting acute pain in left leg and need to go back home n take good bed rest for almost 2 days

    I would like to know if there is any cure for me as I feel handicap because I can’t move freely can’t walk much and can’t shop around for long hours-I have left my job n need to improve my condition -please guide me how can inimprove my leg movements

    Please advise

    Best regards

    Narendra

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