Omaha Hip Arthritis
Learn About Hip Arthritis from Dr. Darren Keiser
Arthritis literally means “inflammation of a joint.”
In some forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, the inflammation arises because the smooth covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of bones wears away.
In other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of a systemic disease. These diseases are considered the inflammatory arthritides.
Types of Hip Arthritis
The three most common types of inflammatory arthritis that affect the hip are:
> Rheumatoid Arthritis
a systemic disease of the immune system that usually affects multiple joints on both sides of the body at the same time
> Ankylosing Spondylitis
a chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joint (the point where the spine meets the pelvic bone) that can also cause inflammation in other joints
> Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
an autoimmune disease in which the body harms its own healthy cells and tissues
Learn about Hip Arthritis
Hip Arthritis Symptoms
The classic sign of arthritis is joint pain. Inflammatory arthritis of the hip is characterized by a dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks. Pain is usually worse in the morning and lessens with activity; however, vigorous activity can result in increased pain and stiffness. The pain may limit your movements or make walking difficult.
Hip Arthritis Diagnosis
During the physical examination, your physician may ask you to move your hip in various ways to see which motions are restricted or painful. Your physician will want to know if you walk with a limp, if one or both hips are painful, and if you experience pain in any other joints. X-rays (radiographs) and laboratory studies will be needed. The x-rays will show whether there is any thinning or erosion in the bones, any loss of joint space, or any excess fluid in the joint. Laboratory studies will show whether a rheumatoid factor or other antibodies are present.
Hip Arthritis Surgery
If these treatments do not relieve the pain, surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery depends on several factors, including your age, the condition of the hip joint, the type of inflammatory arthritis you have, and the progression of the disease. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the various options with you. Do not hesitate to ask why a specific procedure is being recommended and what outcome you can expect. Although complications are possible in any surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will take steps to minimize the risks.
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