Facing Hip Arthritis? Read below to find out more on what you can do.
Hip arthritis refers to the inflammation and degeneration of the hip joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. There are different types of hip arthritis, with the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Treatment options for hip arthritis may vary depending on the severity of the condition, the patient’s age, overall health, and personal preferences. Here are some common treatment approaches:
1. Lifestyle modifications: Making certain lifestyl e changes can help manage hip arthritis. These may include weight management to reduce stress on the joint, regular low-impact exercises, physical therapy, and the use of assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
2. Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, stronger prescription medications may be recommended.
3. Physical therapy: A physical therapist can design an exercise program to improve joint flexibility,strengthen the surrounding muscles, and enhance overall hip function. They may also suggestmodalities like heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, or transcutaneous electricalnerve stimulation(TENS) for pain relief.
4. Injections: Corticosteroid injections into the hip joint can provide temporary pain relief and reduce inflammation. Hyaluronic acid injections, also known as viscosupplementation, may be used to provide lubrication and cushioning to the joint.
5. Assistive devices: Using devices like canes, crutches, or walkers can help relieve pressure on the hip joint, improve stability, and reduce pain during walking.
6. Surgery: If conservative treatments fail to provide sufficient relief, surgical options may be considered. The two common surgical interventions for hip arthritis are hip resurfacing and total hip replacement (arthroplasty). Hip resurfacing involves reshaping the damaged joint surfaces, while hip replacement involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial joint.
It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist, who can evaluate your specific condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment options based on your individual needs and circumstances.
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HIP & KNEE
Dr Ananda Vella
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)