What is hip osteoarthritis?
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body. Even a ball and socket joint like the hip can suffer from this condition. Osteoarthritis involves the same problem, no matter the joint. The original cartilage that was once present to protect the bones starts to thin and weaken. As the cartilage slowly disintegrates, there is more and more pain that covers the joint. Any direct bone to bone contact is extremely painful for hip osteoarthritis patients.
What causes hip osteoarthritis?
With age, the cartilage will naturally weaken, but there are some causes that speed up the process. Cartilage is a soft and supportive base for the bones. Cartilage for the hip surrounds the head of the femur. So, whenever the hip is in motion, the head of the femur presses against cartilage instead of the pelvic bone. Some main causes of hip osteoarthritis are:
- Previous injuries to the hip
- Overuse of the hip joint
- Overweightness and obesity
- Weakening with age
Osteoarthritis can start gradually and continue with only light levels of pain. However, hip osteoarthritis can also start at an early age if patients do not know the causes.
How do I know if I have hip osteoarthritis?
If a patient is not aware of the causes, they should be aware of the osteoarthritis symptoms. No one wants to suffer with chronic hip pain, but it is important to identify the condition. Hip pain from arthritis can range from one symptom to another so look for the following types of osteoarthritis symptoms:
- Swelling around the joint
- Hip feels stiff after sitting
- The hip does not have it full range of motion
- Redness covers the skin around the hip joint
- More hip pain in the mornings when first waking up
How do I prevent hip osteoarthritis?
Hip osteoarthritis is a chronic pain condition, but it is preventable. Patients can prevent chronic hip pain by caring for their bodies the right way. Preserving the cartilage can help save patients from swelling and aching hip pain. To prevent hip osteoarthritis, patients can try:
- Losing weight
- Getting regular exercise
- Resting after a workout or physical activity
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate the body
- Wearing comfortable shoes with full support