Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the joint due to wear and tear, which can be insidious or as a result of trauma to the joint. This condition can be very symptomatic from early on and usually has groin, thigh and knee pain. The pain can be intermittent and is usually treated with pain killers and anti-inflammatories.
Osteoarthritis can be caused by other conditions such as incomplete formation of the hip joint or avascular necrosis of the hip
When to consider a Hip Replacement to treat Osteoarthritis
The decision of when to have a hip replacement is really dependant on your symptoms and not by x-rays or loss of movement. I always say to patients that they should endure the pain and loss of movement for as long as possible, while retaining mobility and quality of life, before going for a hip replacement.
When your hip is starting to have a serious impact in your quality of life and you start avoiding certain activities that you would normally enjoy, then it is time for you to consider a hip replacement. Ideally, a patient should be 55 years or older as these hip replacements have a limited lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
Recently joint supplements have been shown to make a long term difference to the symptoms and progression of the disease and they should probably be taken if you discover arthritis in its early stages. I recommend Arthrochoice as it has Chondroitin Sulphate and Glucosamine Sulphate, which is absorbed better than the other forms of supplement. The positive effect of these supplements is really only measurable over many years.
If you need help deciding on whether a hip replacement is necessary for your individual case please contact us for a consultation.