When does Osteoarthritis Require a Hip Replacement?

Cartilage between the joints of our bones deteriorates as we age. This condition often occurs as we age -- dubbed as the most common type of arthritis, Osteoarthritis plague millions of people around the world. 

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people around the world. Regarded by specialists as the most common form of arthritis, Osteoarthritis causes pain throughout the body, particularly the hips. As a result, millions live their lives every day having a substantially difficult time moving their bodies.

Osteoarthritis: A Closer Look

Osteoarthritis is often known as ‘Degenerative Joint Disease’ and ‘Degenerative Arthritis.’ As people age, the cartilage between the bones will begin to deteriorate and lead many to experience joint stiffness/sensitivity, the loss of flexibility, and pain. And if these symptoms go on untreated, it will gradually escalate over time.

The occurrence of osteoarthritis stems from some natural factors which include biological sex and old age. Compared to men, women are more prone to developing this complication. Excess body weight and some occupations can place a lot of stress on the cartilage. Additionally, physical deformities and genetics can serve as a trigger for osteoarthritis.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Bone Treatments

Some treatments can help patients who suffer from osteoarthritis. Patients can choose from various surgical and non-surgical bone procedures. These include:

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Surgical Treatments

  • Femoral Osteotomy – This procedure corrects the patient’s deformities in the hip joint and the femur, the long bone located in the upper leg. The process involves cutting the bone and realigning it to restore the hip, which will prevent deformity problems in the process. After getting this surgery, patients experience positive results that may last for over ten years.
  • Pelvic Osteotomy – This procedure cuts and reshapes the patient’s bone. During the surgery, the shallow hip socket is reshaped. This procedure can yield successful long-term results that may last for a decade.
  • Hip Arthroscopy – This surgery helps surgeons view the patient’s hip joint without making any large incisions. A tiny camera is inserted into the area to help the surgeon with the necessary repairs. Due to the small incision required for this procedure, patients experience less pain.
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR) – Widely considered to be the most common and successful surgical procedure for the hip. Damaged bone is removed and replaced with prosthetic metal, ceramic, or plastic. Patients report a high satisfaction rate since it restores the body’s natural range of motion and improves their quality of life. 
  • Hip Resurfacing – Regarded as an alternative to THR, this surgery is conducive to younger patients who wish to maintain an active lifestyle. In this procedure, the femoral head is trimmed and capped with a smooth, metal finish.

Non-Surgical Treatments

  • Tai Chi – A Chinese martial art practiced for both self-defense and health benefits. People who practice tai chi show improvement in their muscle strength and coordination, leading to increased joint stability.
  • Yoga – Originating from India, this exercise helps people move in various positions to become healthier and more flexible. Patients who practice yoga experience significant relief in joint tenderness and pain, and an improved range of motion.
  • Hydrotherapy – This exercise uses water to help treat certain conditions in the human body.  Patients can use the water in the pool to reduce the weight they feel on their joints. The water becomes a supportive medium that will help them perform strengthening or endurance exercises with less pain.
  • Acupuncture – An Ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles in specific points of the body. Patients who had acupuncture have seen improvements in their joints and hips after 8 to 26 weeks, reducing the pain and increasing their physical functions.
  • Diet – Dietary changes can help alleviate the pain people experience from osteoarthritis. Foods like salmon, walnuts, and freshly ground flaxseed are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation. Other foods that are beneficial include ginger and turmeric.

The Importance of Hip Replacement Surgery

I understand why most people will opt to choose non-surgical treatments over surgical methods. Patients can easily use these alternatives on a daily or weekly basis. Not only that, it is not as expensive as getting hip surgery. However, patients should remember that osteoarthritis is a long-term disease. The purpose of these methods is to maintain their condition.

That is why hip replacement surgery is sometimes compulsory for patients that are suffering from this condition. Once you have recovered from the surgery, you will regain the motion in your hips that you once had before osteoarthritis. While the procedure is costly, a hip replacement will help patients experience long-lasting results. Additionally, short-term non-surgical treatments can help maintain the results of your surgery, while providing your body with protection from future wear and tear.

Quality Treatment in Houston

At the Memorial International Patient Care Network, we have provided patients from the Middle East and Asia with high-quality healthcare in Houston, Texas. This service extends to aiding patients that suffer from osteoarthritis by connecting them to a number of the top specialists in the United States.

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