Hip replacement is commonly associated with elderly people, but in reality this life-altering procedure may be for anyone with a worn or damaged hip joint.
Hip replacement surgery might be the only option for patients who suffer from persistent hip pain and where more conservative treatment approaches have failed to work. One of the most common reasons for hip replacement is arthritis damage.
Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides hip replacement surgery to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
Need for Hip Replacement
Some conditions can cause hip joint damage over time, which may necessitate hip replacement surgery. These include:
This type of arthritis is associated with wear and tear. Osteoarthritis may damage the slick cartilage that covers the ends of hip bone that allow the hip joint to move.
An overactive immune system may cause rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammation occurring due to this condition can cause cartilage erosion, and sometimes erode even the underlying bone. A deformed or damaged hip joint because of this condition may necessitate hip replacement.
Insufficient blood supply to the ball portion of your hip joint may cause the bone to collapse and deform, and hip replacement may be the only treatment option.
Signs You Require Hip Replacement
Here are a few signs that could be indicative of hip arthritis or other problems where hip replacement may be necessary.
Pain in the Hip or Groin
If you experience soreness during or after physical activity or exercise, or pain that interferes with your normal routine, it could be a sign of hip arthritis. This pain is typically localized between the knee and the hip. Some patients may tend to rely on a walking stick or compensate with a limp.
Hip pain may also occur at night and make it difficult for you to fall asleep or have a disturbed sleep because of the pain. This could also be a hip or joint-related problem. Many people take painkillers regularly to carry on their daily routine without pain. If you have these signs, speak to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss possible hip replacement.
Stiffness in the Hip or Pain while Walking
A common sign of hip stiffness is if you find it difficult to put on your shoes or socks, particularly if one foot is causing more stiffness than the other. If the problem persists, talk to a hip specialist.
If the pain in the hip or groin is preventing you from walking even short or normal distances, it could be a sign of hip problem. How much you walk daily will depend on your lifestyle, but if it is causing discomfort and interfering with your daily life, you should consult with an orthopedic surgeon.
One Leg Test
If you are unable to stand on your troubled leg for more than a minute, even with some support from a wall or door, then you could have a problem with your hip. Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV for hip replacement surgery.
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