While arthritis can affect almost any joint in the body, as we get older, one of the most common places it develops is in the hips. This can be not only painful, but in some cases debilitating. If allowed to progress without taking definitive steps to reverse it, the condition often results in hip replacement surgery being required in the latter years of a person’s life.
People prone to arthritis in the hip are those with a genetic link to it in other family members, those with previous joint injury, those who are obese, and those with some degree of joint deformity from any condition.
Defining Hip Arthritis By Symptoms
Symptoms of arthritis in the hip can be consistent with other conditions. To determine whether it is likely arthritis, knowing that usually the pain is centered around the groin area. This is counter to what most people perceive, but it is a defining characteristic. The hip joint is deep in the body, consequently emanating pain through the groin.
Pain may also be felt on the side or back of the hip and even radiate down toward the knee. Those symptoms may be present while pain in the groin remains the most definitive symptom.
The type pain most commonly is a dull ache, often more pronounced at night. It is generally worst when standing or walking for extended periods of time.
A healthy hip joint is a ball and socket joint that moves smoothly padded by protective cartilage in the joint. An arthritic hip joint is defined by the ball of the joint becoming rough with cartilage worn away. This often results in bone spurs compounding the damage and pain caused by this condition.
As with most types of arthritis the first symptom solution first recommended medically is often anti-inflammatory, over the counter drugs. If the condition is debilitating a cane may be recommended to offload some weight off the joint. This is often not to be able to walk, but to be able to walk with less pain and to prevent further damage.
Arthritis alone is progressive. It does not stop wearing away at joints unless definitive action, which often involves permanent lifestyle changes is implemented. If nothing is done to slow it down or stop its progression, pain, stiffness, and disability increases. In cases where arthritis has advanced to an irreversible or unmanageable state, hip replacement surgery is often considered.
What Hip Replacement Does To Correct Arthritis
What hip replacement does is replaces the rough, damaged joint with an artificial smooth joint that allows freedom of movement and relief from pain. It removes the grinding, pain producing movement from the former joint that had lost sometimes all protective cartilage. The sensation of bone touching bone is removed.
This website does not focus on surgery That said, this is one type that if the arthritis has degenerated the joint to an irreversible state, can be rehabilitating allowing many more years of normal living and activity.
Preventing arthritis and working to improve it in the onset is always the best course of action. But when it has gone too far for self treatment a competent surgeon can do wonders to restore quality of life with joint replacement in the hip.