According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 50 million American adults suffer from a joint degeneration condition called arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually affects the weight-bearing joints such as the knees, neck, back, and hips. Without healthy cartilage, bones and joints cannot function smoothly, and movement begins to cause pain and stiffness.
Effects of Hip Arthritis
When arthritis becomes severe and there is very little remaining cartilage to cushion joints, bones begin to grate against each other. This naturally causes adults to:
- Slow down in everyday movements
- Become limited in physical activity
- Experience decreased mobility
However, avoiding exercise to reduce pain can create additional health problems, and research shows that over long periods of time, inactivity can worsen arthritis pain and put adults at greater risk. With a personalized treatment plan, patients can work with specialists to reverse arthritis damage, lessen pain, prevent future problems, and regain mobility.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Hip arthritis can cause issues with the joint connecting the pelvis to the lower extremity. The most common symptoms of hip arthritis include:
- Pain with activities
- Limited range of movement
- Stiffness in and around the hips
- Difficulty walking
- Discomfort in the groin, thigh or knee
A comprehensive evaluation is necessary to analyze the extent of damage to the hip joint, including assessments of mobility, strength, and flexibility.
Hip Arthritis Treatment
The joint replacement specialists at Beacon Orthopaedics will evaluate the function of your hip joints and explore the extent of the damage caused by arthritis. This comprehensive physical evaluation, as well as a thorough review of your medical history, will allow the joint team at Beacon Orthopaedics to determine the best plan of action for preventing future joint damage and managing your arthritis.
Types of Arthritis
The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is caused by excessive wear and tear on joints. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage that cushions joints begins to wear away. Over time, cartilage can become rough and ineffective if osteoarthritis continues without treatment.
With rheumatoid arthritis, the tissue swells and thickens, producing chemicals that can deteriorate the articular cartilage that covers and protects bones. Because rheumatoid arthritis frequently affects the same joint on both sides of the body, it can reduce motion and cause harm in both hips.
Inflammatory arthritis develops when the body’s immune system becomes overly aggressive and attacks healthy tissues. Though the cause of inflammatory arthritis is not always known, it is possible that genetics contributes to the development of some forms. Inflammation can damage several joints in different parts of the body at the same time, such as the hips, knees, and shoulders.
There are over 100 types of arthritis. A specialist at Beacon Orthopaedics can help diagnose your symptoms and develop a unique treatment plan.
Hip Arthritis Treatment at Beacon Orthopaedics
With early diagnosis and an effective treatment plan, patients can increase their mobility and prevent damage to their joints. Beacon Orthopaedics offers many options for patients experiencing hip arthritis such as:
- Hip Replacement (also called a “hip arthroplasty”)
- Hip Resurfacing
- Regenerative medicine injections (stem cell or platelet rich plasma)
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
The specialists at Beacon Orthopaedics are ready to talk with you about how to preserve and protect your joints. No matter what stage of hip arthritis you may be experiencing, a physician at Beacon Orthopaedics can help diagnose and treat it.
With locations all across the tri-state area, in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio there is always an orthopaedic specialist ready to treat you. Beacon Orthopaedics has offices in Miamisburg, OH (South Dayton), Wilmington, OH, Lawrenceburg, IN, Batesville, IN, Erlanger, KY, Cincinnati, OH (Beacon West and Beacon East), and Sharonville, OH (Summit Woods).Book an Appointment
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