Degenerative Hip Bone Disease

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Degenerative Hip Bone Disease
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Degenerative hip bone disease is osteoarthritis that is focused in the hip bone area. It is also commonly referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis. Previously the medical community believed that only the cartilage of a joint experiencing wear and tear from age and repetitive motions caused degenerative hip bone disease. Now the medical community knows an actual disease process is responsible. The hip bone is the connecting point for the thigh bone and pelvis bone. If the cartilage is not properly repairing itself while wearing away from the hip bone, the result is degenerative hip bone disease.

Causes

Degenerative hip bone disease is caused by a previous injury and/or infections. Age and genetics are also often the cause. Excessive weight places undue stress on the hip bone. In addition to these factors, certain physical activities that have many injuries associated with them are considered to contribute.

Typical Candidates

The larger percentages of individuals suffering from degenerative hip bone disease are over the age of 50. Within that class, there are a greater number who are overweight than who are not. As a genetic disorder, those with degenerative hip bone disease in their family line are at a higher risk. Many who have experienced injuries around the hip bone have later been diagnosed with this disease.

Symptoms

Sufferers of degenerative hip bone disease experience a feeling of stiffening in their hip. Their (ROM) range of motion is often limited. They also experience pain in the hip area. This pain in the hip is especially present when they are involved in physical activities.

Symptom Reduction

Physicians suggest weight loss as a method of reducing the symptoms of degenerative hip bone disease. This has proven to be helpful in many cases because it reduces the stress to the hip bone area. Many times exercise methods such as swimming, Pilates and water aerobics aid in the reduction of symptoms. Dependent upon the cause of the hip bone disease, cycling and other forms of exercise are recommended.

Treatment

Physical therapy may be prescribed to a patient in order to strengthen the muscles around the hip bone and to reduce the pressure on the affected area. Anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs) are prescribed to combat the swelling and pain. Glucosamine is sometimes used to enable the cartilage to better heal and repair itself. The most intensive treatment for degenerative hip bone disease is hip replacement surgery. In this surgery, an implant replaces the hip bone. This method of treatment requires several months to recover from, but is chosen as a permanent treatment option.

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