Osteoarthritis of the Hip

What Is Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common form of arthritis to affect the hip. It also is known as degenerative joint disease. It occurs when the cartilage that works as padding in the hip wears away. This important weight bearing joint then is composed of exposed bones which rub against each other, leaving a rough joint surface that causes pain and stiffness when a person walks, stands, or twists or engages in other weight-bearing activities.

It is not true, as many people believe, that osteoarthritis is the result of aging or overuse. Long distance runners have been shown in studies to have no more osteoarthritis than less active people. Many older persons do not develop osteoarthritis of the hip, and many younger people do.

Osteoarthritis is "the most common form of the hundreds of kinds of arthritis and the hip joint is the second most commonly affected large joint in the body."

The disease is the most common form of all the types of arthritis and the second most commonly affected large joint in the body is the hip.

Osteoarthritis, which may take months or years to become noticeable, is a chronic disease. Doctors cannot cure osteoarthritis, but certain types of treatment can help alleviate symptoms. These include:

  • Modifying one's activity
  • Taking medication
  • Injections
  • Hip replacement surgery

The disease is progressive. Eventually, it can hamper a person's ability to walk, climb stairs, sit or stand up comfortably and have sexual intercourse.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain, which generally is worse with activity, in the hip, groin, thigh and buttock
  • Swelling
  • Warmth in the joint
  • Stiffness
  • Joint deformity

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include:

  • Family history
  • Some diseases of childhood can make it more likely a person will develop osteoarthritis
  • Avascular necrosis (when bone tissue dies because its blood supply is stopped.) This can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, certain steroid medications, and some medical conditions, including blood clotting
  • Serious trauma, including hip fracture or dislocation
  • Obesity
  • Anatomical differences, meaning the shape of the joint

Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens over time. Early on, symptoms may come and go, and they usually are helped by rest and avoiding the activity causing the pain. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more serious to the point that walking can become difficult, even on level ground.

When osteoarthritis is severe, even stopping the painful activity may not alleviate the pain.

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson makes hip implants for patients that need replacement surgery. Two of these products were recalled in August 2010 because of early failures that require revision surgery.

Hip implant surgery is painful and debilitating. No one should have to go through it twice. If you've been implanted with a defective hip replacement, contact a DePuy hip implant recall lawyer today.

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Information

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