Degenerative Hip? Let's Talk!

Degenerative joint disease is not a problem that is reserved for the elderly. As we have come into a new age of extreme sports, and even of a more sedentary lifestyle for many, we are finding that our joints may not be as resilient as we imagine. This could be related to diet as much as exercise, as well as lifestyle habits like smoking (which has been associated with degenerative disc disease).

The breakdown of healthy joints is significant because it can eventually affect every aspect of a person's life, keeping him or her from engaging in activities that are good for the body, mind, and spirit. In our hip and knee replacement practice, we value personal care. Our patients are provided with the information and answers they need to step into the treatment that is best suited to their immediate and long-term needs.

Let's Look at Degenerative Joint Disease
Another common name for degenerative joint disease is osteoarthritis. This condition doesn't just occur in the hip joint, but may affect any joint, including the needs and the spine. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage between two bony structures. As cartilage thins, friction between the two bones becomes more irritating and painful. At some point, this condition affects the mobility of the involved joint. Additionally, the muscles and ligaments that surround the joint may weaken, and bone spurs may develop.

What Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip Looks like
It's easy to write off a little pain and stiffness as a common side effect of aging. However, the sooner that degenerative joint disease can be recognized, the more conservatively the condition may be treated. Some of the signs to look for include:

  • Stiffness and limited mobility of the hip
  • Joint swelling
  • Difficult walking or standing from a seated position due to stiffness
  • A sound or feeling of "grating" in the joint

Treating Degenerative Joint Disease
Joint problems do not always require surgery to replace the affected structure. However, this may be the final option as cartilage continues to break down. Before resorting to surgery, pain management care with physical therapy and / or medication is typically conducted. Hip replacement is a major surgery that we approach with the utmost care. For more information, contact our office.

Category: Degenerative Joint Disease

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