Total Hip Replacement is a procedure that removes the bone and cartilage of the hip that has been damaged due to arthritis and replaces them with metal and plastic components. These components mimic the anatomy and function of a healthy hip so that you can return to activities without the pain caused by arthritis. The procedure is one of the most well-known and most effective in orthopedic surgery because it dramatically decreases hip pain and improves quality of life.
A Total Hip Replacement may be recommended to treat severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
The hip is a ball and socket joint that allows the upper leg to move from front to back as well as side to side.
The “ball” part consists of the head of the femur (which is the largest and heaviest bone in the body). The “socket” is the acetabulum, a cavity in the pelvis that holds the femoral head.
Hip arthritis is a common orthopedic condition, especially in the older population. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes inflammation (swelling) and damage to the hip joint which causes pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. The hip is what is known as a “ball and socket” joint and osteoarthritis in the hip can cause the ball and socket to grind together and damage the joint.
If you have osteoarthritis of the hip the common symptoms can include:
Stiffness when standing or sitting
Decreased range of motion in the hip
Symptoms may range from very mild to severe but treating hip arthritis in its early stages can prevent pain and symptoms from getting worse.
Treatment Options for Arthritis of the Hip
Hip arthritis is effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options. The specialists at OrthoNeuro create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Surgery is only recommended if hip arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment options.