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Arthritis of the Hip: Anatomy, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications & Treatment

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition in which the joint or multiple joints are experiencing inflammation and pain.  Arthritis occurring in the hip is one of the most common causes of pain in the hip joint.  Most often osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that is happening in aging adults and is caused by wear and tear.  

Hip Anatomy

The hip joint is composed of a ball and socket joint that is lined with smooth cartilage to help the joint move easily.  If this smooth cartilage wears away the ball and socket will meet bone to bone and cause a grinding that can wear the bone itself down.  The rough surfaces grinding against each other can be very painful and permanently damage the joint.  Since the hip joint is also lined with a lubricating agent, synovial fluid, rheumatoid arthritis can also be another type of arthritis affecting the hip.  With an individual that has rheumatoid arthritis it will affect the entire body, within the hip itself it can destroy the synovial lining.  Without this lining the cartilage will not be lubricated properly and may begin to breakdown leaving bone to bone grinding on each other.  This causes pain and swelling as well, that may be relived with treatment.  

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Hip

  1. Pain within the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks
  2. Pain that is more intense in the morning and lessens with activity
  3. Difficulty walking
  4. Pain that increases with vigorous activity 
  5. Stiffness or limited range of motion
  6. Fatigue and weakness

Risk Factors of Arthritis of the Hip

  1. Age (>60s)
  2. Overweight
  3. High levels of activity throughout the lifespan

Complications of Arthritis of the Hip

  1. Rapid, complete breakdown of cartilage resulting in loose tissue arterial in th join (chondrolysis)
  2. Bone death (osteonecrosis)
  3. Stress Fractures (hairline crack int he bone that develops gradually in response to repeated injury)
  4. Bleeding inside the joint
  5. Infection in the joint
  6. Deterioration or rupture oft he tendons and ligaments around the join, leading to loss of stability
  7. Pinched nerve

Treatment of Arthritis of the Hip

ASTR treats hip arthritis in a gentle, effective, and natural way by addressing muscle imbalances, scar tissue, trigger points, fascia restrictions, inflammation, posture, body mechanics which are often the source of the pain. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. ASTR treatment can be done at home for hip arthritis.

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