Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint designed to withstand a large amount of weight, wear and tear. However, damage and overuse from activity can lead to a range of injuries, including muscle strain, cartilage deterioration or hip bone fracture. Age can play a factor here, too, as wear and tear might manifest over time, and some hip joint conditions may be caused by arthritis.
Hip pain from arthritis
Starting as early as age 50, people may develop osteoarthritis, which can cause painful movement, swelling and stiffness. This occurs as the smooth surfaces of the cartilage that line the bones of the shoulder joint are worn away. Osteoarthritis may be related to sports or work injuries, as well as chronic wear and tear. Treatment for arthritis depends on the severity of your pain. The usual treatments are rest, medications to help with inflammation and cortisone injections. In some cases, a replacement of the hip joint is needed.
If you're experiencing snapping, rubbing, inflammation or swelling in the hip, an arthroscopy could be performed, giving our orthopedic doctors a clear view of the inside of the hip to help them diagnose and treat your injury. During the procedure, your physician may repair or remove any damaged areas, helping to relieve your joint pain. Arthroscopy is a common outpatient surgical procedure.
If you're in need of more serious relief, a hip replacement surgery may be performed to replace a worn or damaged ball and socket of the hip joint. With an anterior hip procedure (versus the traditional hip replacement procedure), hip muscles are spared – the surgeon uses smaller, specialized instruments to spread muscles and access the hip joint. This approach makes surgery less traumatic to the patient and reduces the time it normally takes for healing. To better understand the process and recovery expectations of surgery, review our most frequently asked questions about hip surgery.
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