Osteoarthritis is a disease that causes the cartilage in your joints to break down until the bones, which were once kept apart by cartilage, rub against each other. This bone-on-bone grating causes damage to surrounding tissue and can lead to symptoms like joint pain, stiffness after sitting or lying down, and an inability to move freely.
Most people suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis can manage their pain with non-surgical treatments like medication, physical therapy, exercise, and weight loss. If these treatments do not help your pain, your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic specialist who can try joint injections, arthroscopic surgery, or osteotomy. If none of these treatments effectively help reduce your hip pain, then your doctor may advise you that surgery to replace the hip is an option.
Your doctor may recommend hip surgery if you are suffering in bad pain and other treatments have not been effective or if you have lost a large amount of cartilage in the joint. Some key points to remember when you are considering a hip replacement surgery are:
- Most people have hip replacement only when they can no longer control pain with medicine and other treatments and when the pain prevents them from doing daily activities.
- People who have had hip replacement usually:
- Have much less pain than before surgery.
- Are able to return to their daily activities.
- Have a better quality of life.
- Most artificial hip joints will last for 10 to 20 years or longer without loosening. But this can depend on how much stress you put on the joint, how much you weigh, and how well your new joint and bones mend.
If you have been suffering from hip pain, visit your doctor; he or she can make a recommendation for treatment.