Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis is the wearing out and degeneration of the hip joint. This can result in significant pain and stiffness in the hip joint.

Hip osteoarthritis can result from many causes, including developmental issues with the joint, previous trauma or fractures involving the hip joint, generalized inflammatory problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, and generalized osteoarthritis.

It is important to fully assess the joint to determine if the symptoms are indeed due to hip osteoarthritis and not due to problems with the other structures around the hip joint which may also cause pain and stiffness.

Your doctor will have to examine your hip as well as do further tests such as X-rays or an MRI scan.

Hip osteoarthritis is normally managed with pain management and physiotherapy to reduce the severity of pain and to improve hip function for day to day activities.

In severe cases, a hip joint replacement may be required. This artificial joint performs well to alleviate pain and to restore flexibility to the hip, with a high patient satisfaction rate. Most joints last 15 to 20 years without any issues.

Hip joint replacements are not without risks and complications. You should discuss the risks and benefits of such a procedure with your surgeon before choosing to undergo surgery.

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