Our joints are involved in practically everything that we do: walking, running, bending, turning. Simple movements require the proper function of our hip and knee joints. All of our joints work together to help our bodies move with ease and void of pain. When a joint becomes injured or damaged, pain can result limiting our ability to move and work about. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases, affecting around 43 million Americans. Whether your treatment requires a total joint replacement or your condition can heal through conservative methods, Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists can help.
What is a hip joint?
The hip joint is commonly referred to as a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the hip bone is covered with tough cartilage material that helps cushion the joints and allows for pain-free movements. Synovium, a thin material lining the surfaces of the joint acts as a lubricant and reduces friction from wear and tear.
Common causes of joint pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Post-traumatic Arthritis
- Avascular Necrosis
- Paget’s Disease
Based on the diagnosis from your doctor, your treatment options could include:
- Joint fluid supplements
- Physical therapy
- Joint replacement
Total hip replacement
As one of the most utilized surgical interventions of the century, a total hip replacement can help relieve pain and get you back to enjoying your normal activities. The surgery involves removing the arthritic bone ends as well as damaged cartilage, and replacing them with replicates of the hip joint called prosthetic implants.
Total hip replacement surgery is often sought by patients who:
- Have a disabling joint disease from arthritis
- Are not likely to recover from less invasive options or conservative treatments
Typically, an individual who undergoes a total hip joint replacement surgery will be required to stay in the hospital for approximately 3 to 5 days. A walker may be utilized to assist in walking. There is no concrete recovery time as every patient’s circumstance is different. Normally, a patient can return to their daily activities within 3 to 6 weeks, and complete recovery can take from 3 to 6 months.
Don’t let your hip pain and limitations keep you from doing the things you love. If medication and other treatments haven’t given you adequate relief, consider talking to your doctor about total hip joint replacement surgery. For more information about the surgery, contact your doctor.