Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a
gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that
protects the ends of bones in the joints.
Osteoarthritis is common in the hip because the hip
bears the weight of the body. Osteoarthritis of the
hip can severely impact a person's lifestyle.
Causes and Risk Factors
Osteoarthritis commonly develops as a result of the
wear and tear of aging. It also frequently results
from traumatic injury to the joint. Osteoarthritis of
the hip is more common in older people, in women,
and in people who have occupations that place
increased stress on the hip. People who have
certain diseases, bone deformities or a genetic
predisposition are also at a higher risk. Obesity can
also raise a person's risk for osteoarthritis of the
hip, because extra body weight increases stress on
the hip joint.
In a healthy hip, the head of the femur is covered
by a layer of cartilage. Healthy cartilage allows the
bone to glide smoothly within the joint. But in a hip
with osteoarthritis, this cartilage begins to
deteriorate and wear away. Repetitive motion or
injury may speed this deterioration. Eventually, the
bone of the femur may rub directly against the bone
of the hip socket.
Bone Spur Formation
This rubbing can cause the gradual growth of bony
bumps along the edge of the joint. These lumps,
called bone spurs (or osteophytes), can cause joint
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip may include
pain in the hip, inner thigh, buttocks and knees.
Movement may increase this pain. The hip may feel
tender when pressure is applied. The person may
experience a grating sensation when walking. The
hip may feel stiff, and this stiffness may interfere
with the leg's range of motion.
Treatment options depend on the severity of the
arthritis. In the early stages, the hip may be treated
with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications,
corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. If these
methods are not helpful and if the hip continues to
deteriorate, injection of the hip joint with stem cell injections and/ or blockade of the sensory branches of the hip joint via thermal rhizotomy are among advanced treatment options offered at NorTex Spine & Joint Institute in order to avoid or delay surgery.
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Hip Osteoarthritis by Dr. Ghalambor
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