Hip Arthritis

Situation: Hip arthritis is a condition describing a degenerative process where there is a gradual eroding of the surfaces of the hip joint, causing inflammation and pain or discomfort. In a normal hip, joint surfaces are smooth and there is cartilage between the bone ends which allow efficient shock absorption.

When the hip is damaged or overloaded, particularly with excessive weight-bearing or twisting force, degeneration of the cartilage occurs, reducing the hip’s shock absorption capacity. As the condition progresses, there is an eventual wearing down of the bone ends so the surfaces are no longer smooth and may often generate bone spurs along the joint margins.

Causes: There are several factors which may contribute to the development of hip arthritis, including:

age . . . hip arthritis usually occurs after the age of 50;

weight . . . hip arthritis frequently occurs among people who are overweight;

injury . . . individuals with a history of trauma to the hip joint sometimes develop hip arthritis;

excessive or inappropriate activity stressing the hip joint repeatedly over time can cause hip arthritis.

Symptoms: People suffering from hip arthritis typically develop symptoms gradually over many years. As the condition progresses, severe joint pain, decreased hip flexibility, pain at night, and grinding sensations during certain movements may be experienced. The pain associated with hip arthritis is typically felt in the buttock region or the front of the hip and groin.

Treatment: While little can be done to reverse the degenerative changes associated with hip arthritis, people can often remain active by modifying their activities appropriately and undergoing a rehabilitation program. Pain relief options can include chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy at our Fort Collins and Loveland offices. The chiropractor will diagnose your condition and determine what type of treatments and moralities are appropriate for you.

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