Osteoarthritis is dubbed “wear and tear” arthritis, and it’s a condition that Dr. Nikesh Seth regularly treats at Integrated Pain Consultants. It’s most often diagnosed in those who are middle-aged or older, and an average of 28 million people in the US suffer from it. Although osteoarthritis can happen in any joint, the hip is one of the most common because it’s a weight-bearing area. Osteoarthritis can lead to stiffness, pain, and lack of mobility. There is no cure, but safe pain management is available.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that gets worse with time. If you find it hard to get up from a chair, take a walk, tie your shoe, or other daily activities because of osteoarthritis, it’s time to find an effective treatment. The sooner a person receives treatment, the sooner they can get back to their life.
Like a ball and socket joint, the hip bone surfaces are coated with smooth cartilage to keep the bones from rubbing against one another and allowing for smooth movement. It’s also covered with a synovial lining. Healthy hips glide with ease because of the cartilage and synovial fluid. However, osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage, and the joint spaces between the hips are no longer protected. Without treatment, the hip might create bone spurs for protection.
Age, a family history of osteoarthritis, injuries, excess weight, and poor bone formation from birth can all lead to osteoarthritis in the hip. Pain is the most common symptom, especially if it radiates from the hip to the knee or buttocks. Increased activity can increase pain. Feeling like the joint is locking, sticky, or hearing sounds are also signs. Surprisingly, it’s also true that rainy weather can exacerbate arthritis symptoms.
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended, but conservative treatments are always best. Hip osteoarthritis may be treated with joint injections. There is also viscosupplementation. Treatments can and should be customized to each patient. If you’d like pain relief, schedule an appointed with Integrated Pain Consultants today.