Hip Pain and Hip Joint Conditions
Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of hip joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments don’t offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.
Hip Surgery may not be your first choice, but if you are a candidate for total joint replacement, know that you are good hands with the Orthopedic Team. They get relief from pain and can return to normal daily activities.
Various types of arthritis may affect the hip joint including:
- Osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. It may cause the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the hips.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. This type of arthritis causes inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint and results in excessive synovial fluid. It may lead to severe pain and stiffness.
- Traumatic arthritis. This is arthritis resulting from an injury. It may also cause damage to the hip cartilage.
Before a treatment or rehabilitation plan can be made, your orthopedist must first determine the reason for, and source of, your hip condition. Based on the outcome, further testscould be ordered for a more detailed evaluation.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Depending on the damage to your hip joint, the Orthopedist might recommend Hip Replacement Surgery. Hip replacement, called total hip arthroplasty, is a surgery replace a damaged or worn out hip joint with an artificial joint. This surgery may be an option after a hip fracture or for severe pain due to arthritis.
The goal of hip replacement surgery is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged and to relieve hip pain that can’t be controlled by other treatments.
A traditional hip replacement involves an incision several inches long over the hip joint. A newer approach that uses one or two smaller incisions to perform the procedure is called minimally invasive hip replacement. However, the minimally invasive procedure is not suited for all people who need hip replacement. Your doctor will determine the best procedure for you.
Why might I need hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is a treatment for pain or disability in the hip. Osteoarthritis is the most common condition that results in hip replacement surgery. This condition causes loss of joint cartilage in the hip, and damage to the cartilage and bones limits movement and may cause pain. People with severe pain due to degenerative joint disease may be unable to do normal activities that involve bending at the hip, such as walking or sitting.
Hip replacement may also be used as a method of treating certain hip fractures. Hip pain from a fracture can be severe and making walking or even leg movement more difficult.
The first approach is often to use medical treatments to controlling arthritis pain. However, if this is not effective, a hip replacement could be an option. Some treatments for hip joint disease may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate
- Pain medications
- Limiting painful activities
- Assistive devices for walking (such as a cane)
- Physical therapy
There may be other reasons to recommend a hip replacement surgery, so contact the Orthopedic team at Sierra Vista for a full evaluation.