hip arthritisUnderstanding Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis usually affects people who are middle age, overweight, or hereditary (tends to run in your family history).

Hip arthritis tends to progress as the condition worsens over a period of time. Some people have better months than others, and often feel the changes in the weather. Other common symptoms include feeling pain, as you continue your daily routine. You may not be able to move around as often as you would like to as you may feel pain and stiffness in the hip joint, or you might walk with a slight limp.

Arthritis commonly affects, feet, knees, hips and fingers. The common symptoms of hip arthritis include inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints. The earlier symptoms include pain and stiffness in the hip, groin, inner thigh or knee areas.

Symptoms Of Hip Arthritis

Your first sign may be a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock, or thigh when you first awake 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.

As 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.

Diagnosing Hip Arthritis

To diagnose hip arthritis you will begin by describing your symptoms to your doctor and when they began. Your doctor may rotate, flex, and extend your hips to check for pain. The doctor 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.

 Hip Arthritis Treatments

Arthritis of the hip makes moving, bending and walking difficult through out your daily routine. Hip arthritis can cause problems with walking and can also lead to a disability if it is left untreated. It is better to see your doctor at the first on sight of trouble. Most people can lead a normal productive life with treatment and medication.

The first treatment may be nothing more than over the counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help the pain. A device, such as a walking cane, walker, a shoe horn or reacher (to help you reach stuff that are higher than you normally could reach) may make it easier for you to continue your daily activities of daily living.

If these treatments do not work that surgery may be recommended. The surgery depends on a few factors that include your age, the condition of the hip joint, type of inflammatory arthritis you have, and the progress of the disease. Your doctor will discuss what options are available to you and what the outcome you will expect to happen.

Surgical Treatment For Hip Arthritis

Hip surgery will help provide pain relief and reduce the inflammation of hip arthritis. Hip surgery is a very common surgery and often recommended. 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.

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.

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