The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis is the common type of disease which causes joint inflammation which leads to severe pain and swelling in the hip joint. This type of arthritis is also termed as Osteoarthritis.

Hip arthritis usually affects people over fifty years of age and is more widespread in people who are obese. There is also a hereditary inclination of this state, meaning hip arthritis tends to run in families. There are also some other reasons which result in budding hip arthritis include distressing injuries to the hip and fractures to the hip bone.

Causes of Hip Arthritis

The causes of hip arthritis are not identified. Following are the factors that may cause injury of the hip joint, old age, and being fat. Apart from these are also some more reasons which contribute to hip arthritis:

  • The hips joints may not have been shaped correctly.
  • There are some hereditary defects in the cartilage.
  • The patient may be overweight.

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Signs of Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis heads to increase as the situation worsens. The symptoms of hip arthritis do not always rise within the span of time. The people often report with sometimes good reports and sometimes bad as the change of weather takes place. The most popular hip arthritis symptoms are as follows:

  • Soreness with actions.
  • Restricted motion.
  • Inflexibility of the hip joint.
  • Walking lamely.
  • Ache in the hip, thigh, and knee.

Hip Arthritis Treatment

The treatment of hip arthritis begins with mainly essential steps and steps forward to the more complicated which includes surgery. Surely not all therapies are suitable for every sufferer so one should have a detailed conversation with ones physician to decide which options are suitable for the particular case of hip arthritis.

Loss of Weight
This is probably the most significant therapy which in not at all popular among folks. The low weight causes the hip joint to carry out the tasks in a less painful manner.

Exercising
Learning new exercises proves to be useful in relieving the arthritis pain.

Use of Sticks or Walker
The usage of a simple wooden cane stick or a walker can decrease the pain in the hip joint.

Physical Therapy
Fortifying the muscles that surrounds the hip joint may prove helpful to reduce the weigh down the burden on the hip joint.

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Anti-inflammatory drugs are proved really helpful to treat ache and swelling.

Medications for Joints
The supplements for joints seems to be harmless and are effectual for cure of hip arthritis.

Reinstatement Surgery
In this method the cartilage of the hip joint is detached and a plate or soft artificial plastic is embedded in the hip joint.

Resurfacing Surgery
Some patients who don’t want to go for hip replacement surgery often go for the resurfacing treatment because it is more cost effective.

Hip Replacement Aftercare

The recovery time for each individual varies as it usually depends on the person’s weight, age and other factors. The diet plays an important role in the revival of hip joint. One should opt for healthy foods that can lead the wounds to heal at a faster rate.

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Hip Implants: Know Them Before You Get Them

Hip implant surgery is important if a part or the whole hip becomes damaged after an injury or a disease or wear downs after a disease related to joint. To have the person return to normal life and get some relief from the excruciating pain, replacing the affected part becomes of pivotal importance. The hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint or implant.

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Types Of Hip Implants

Depending on the severity of the condition, the doctors can opt for either one of the following types of hip implants:

  • Complete hip implant where the joint is removed and a ball is inserted. The socket is then attached by roughing a part of the bone to create the necessary space. The ball and the socket are then cemented using various techniques and materials. In some cases, the cement is not used and the bone is roughened in a special way instead that would allow it to grow on the parts of the implants.
  • Partial hip implant where only a certain part of the joint is removed.
  • Hip resurfacing is used for younger patients or to improve mobility which is affected by arthritis. It replaces the socket and resurfaces the head of the femur instead of removing it.

The Design Of The Hip Implant

There are different types of materials being used for hip implants to make them more efficient. The design, however, pretty much remains to be the same. The design of the hip implant makes use of:

  • A metal stem which is inserted into the femur. It can also be used to keep the implants in place.
  • A ball which acts like the moveable joint and gives the hip its mobility
  • A socket which is attached to the pelvis which connects the ball to the stem
  • The bearing which gives the ball a smooth surface it can rotate on. It is the part where the ball and the socket rub together. The purpose is to give Hip its:
    – Mobility
    – Flexibility
    – Range-of-motion
    – Performance
    – Durability

Materials Used For Hip Implants

Combinations of different equipment are now being used to make the designs of the hip implants more efficient. The most common ones being:

  • A metal ball which is attached to a plastic socket. This metal and plastic approach is the most widely used
  • Plastic socket with a ball made of ceramic or in some cases ceramic ball used in combination with a ceramic socket. The latter is more common for patients who lead a fairly active life or a still young.
  • A metal ball with a metal socket. This one is used for young active patients

The hip implant makes use of a major surgery, and it is important to discuss all the possible alternatives with your doctor before coming to a conclusion. A lot of health, age and lifestyle factors will come into play when it comes to deciding the type of implant and the material which is used for the implant.

Source: http://www.indianorthopaedic.com/implants/arthroplasty/hip.html

Hip Surgery – Providing Relief to your Hip Pain

A surgery is usually the last option a doctor offers for your treatment and is often when it is imperative to do it, and when other methods of treatment seem ineffective. However, in today’s time with advanced medical facilities most surgeries are successful and hence the fear of surgery is gradually diminishing. Surgeries of all kinds are on a rise and hip surgery although not very common earlier is also being performed on a large scale.

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Excessive unbearable pain in the hips, loss of mobility, loss of sleep, pain in the joints, seasonal pain during change of weather especially humid weather, degeneration of bones and sudden accidents are primarily the reasons for a hip bone treatment. Depending upon the condition of the patient, and after performing several x-rays and tests an orthopedic decides which method will suit the patient best in getting relief from the pain.  At times a minimal invasive surgery is enough to provide you relief from the pain instead of a total hip surgery. This prevents the patient from an elongated treatment and early recovery.

Different Methods of Hip Treatment

Arthroscopy

Bipolar Hip Prosthesis

In arthroscopy, the area of the hip discomfort is viewed through a camera and the problem is identified and treated. Through arthroscopy the damaged cartilage can be trimmed, the loose debris can be removed from the hips, and also irrigating the inside of the hip.

Osteotomy

In osteotomy, it is like a partial surgery where the bones are cut, reshaped or partially removed to shift the stress from the diseased tissue to a healthy tissue.

Internal fixation

In this method the broken bones are fastened with a small metal device to heal the fracture faster.

Total Hip Replacement

When the above methods do not seem to be effective enough to provide relief to the patient the doctor goes for total hip replacement.  This method involves replacing the painful damaged hip part with artificial hips called prosthesis. The prosthesis has three components: a socket, ball, and a stem. The outer shell is made of metal usually and the inner shell of either plastic or metal. The joining of the socket with the metal ball makes the movement of the hip smooth and frictionless.

The total hip fixation is also of two types:

Cemented Hip Implant

Femoral Neck Ball

In this kind of hip implant the bone cement is injected into the prepared femoral canal. Bone cement is a grout that helps position the implant within the bone. This grout helps the implant to be positioned in the required position.

Porous Hip Implant

In this type of hip implant, it is designed to engage the bone within the canal and allow the bone to grow into the porous surface. The femoral canal is prepared in such a way that the implant is fit tightly initially. In this method there are possibilities of the ingrowths of the bone to provide additional fixation to hold the implant as per the desired position.

Hip Implant surgeries are an effective way to reduce the pain and increase your mobility. Thousands of surgeries are being preformed successfully every year to provide relief to the ailing persons.

GPC Medical works towards providing the best orthopedic implants products to give our clients a safe and painless future.

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