Hip Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment
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Hip Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment

Hip arthritic symptoms may be confusing because they don't always seem connected to the hip. The symptoms are varied and you may experience one or all of the possible symptoms that indicate arthritis in the hip joint. The one consistent symptom is pain. That pain can eventually become very debilitating Even to the point that you will be unable to walk.

Hip Pain can be one of the most debilitating conditions that we may experience. There are several causes that can be related. The most common cause is arthritis. It is interesting that the symptoms of hip arthritis can be varied by individual. Sometimes the pain is located in the groin area or down the front of the thigh. It can even present itself as knee pain. The one thing in common is the pain will not just go away by it's self and may progressively worsen.

Back pain is often thought to be caused by a disorder of the hip. This not usually correct. Most back pain has to do with muscles that have been strained or a pinched nerve in the lower spine. Many people may have more then one problem. They can have an arthritic hip and a back problem. An arthritic hip can exacerbate a back problem due to the stiffness of the hip which cause you move out of alignment.

Most people that suffer from hip disease will eventually begin to walk with a limp and it may seem like one leg is a little shorter then the other. They will find that they will often have a hard time walking after sitting for a length of time. The pain will be more severe as the condition advances. Often a break is necessary to ease the pain after walking only short distances until walking even a few steps can cause excruciating pain.

Arthritis is a degenerative disease and it will not just go away.. If you are experiencing pain while standing or walking you need to find out the cause. If it does turn out to caused by and arthritic hip there are things that can be done to alleviate the pain. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to keep you on your feet. Even though it may hurt to exercise the benefits will far outweigh the pain. If necessary, take some pain medication about twenty minutes before you start your exercise routine.

Eventually you may find that you will need hip replacement surgery. This surgery involves removing the diseased hip joint and replacing it with a bio-compatible artificial hip joint. This surgery is done to relieve pain and restore movement. This surgery is basically quite safe but does present some risks as any surgical procedure does. Some of those risks are the possibility of developing blood clots and developing an infection at the surgical site.

If you believe that you may be suffering from an arthritic hip, contact your doctor so xrays can be set up to determine if arthritis is present.

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I have an arthritic hip. It is painful to sleep or stand. Thank you for the insiteful information. I recommended this article, Facebooked, and tweeted.

Hi Chris thanks for checking out this article and commenting. I hope it was helpful to you.