Osteoarthritis of the Hip (Hip Arthritis)
Many kinds of arthritis can affect the hip joint but by far the most common is osteoarthritis which some people call “degenerative joint disease.” This occurs when the joint surface cartilage becomes worn away leaving the raw bone beneath exposed. The cartilage normally serves as a “pad” or a bearing in the joint and under normal conditions the cartilage bearing is even slicker than a hockey puck on ice. When the bearing wears away the result is a roughed joint surface that causes the pain and stiffness that people associate with osteoarthritis.
MYTH: Osteoarthritis of the hip is not usually the result of “overuse.” there have been studies of long-distance runners that show that they are not more likely to get arthritis than more sedentary individuals.
MYTH: Osteoarthritis of the hip is not a “normal result of aging.” Many older people – in fact most – don’t develop arthritis of the hip and many younger people do experience osteoarthritis.
MYTH: Osteoarthritis of the hip is not just “aches and pains.” It is a condition whose biology x-ray appearance and clinical symptoms are defined.
MYTH: Not much can be done for osteoarthritis of the hip. In fact there are exercise programs that can alleviate the pain in mild arthritis a variety of medications can be helpful for moderate arthritis and severe arthritis of the hip is very commonly successfully treated with hip replacement surgery.