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Hip Degeneration

As we get older, many of our joints and bones begin to ache, become “creaky”, and cause our everyday actions to become more painful and difficult. When you have hip degeneration, this is especially true. Tasks like climbing stairs, walking the dog, or simply getting out of bed can all take far more out of you than they used to. If you are experiencing feelings of stiffness and pain in your hip or hips, there may be treatments and therapies available through Advance Health and Wellness that can help get you back on your feet, painlessly, and without surgery.

Hip degeneration, or osteoarthritis/osteoporosis of the hip, is the same as arthritis in other areas of our bodies. Our joints have a layer of cartilage between them, which allows for our movements to be “cushioned”, preventing rubbing and damage to our bones. Over time, the cartilage in our joints becomes worn down and loses some of its shock absorbing power. When this happens, the results are pain, swelling, and inflammation, which is precisely what arthritis, is.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, and is most often found in the knee, hip, foot and ankle joints, as these areas take the most wear and tear over time. While all of the causes of degenerative arthritis are unknown, genetics play a role. The durability of your individual cartilage is a result of your genetics, so if your parents, grandparents, and other close relatives have arthritis, it is likely that you will as well.

Other factors that increase the risk of experiencing hip degenerative arthritis specifically are: being overweight, experiencing some sort of injury to the hip joint, and growing older. Additionally, repetitive motions that involve the hip, like those involved in certain sports, can degrade the cartilage in the hip more quickly. Swimmers, runners, horseback riders, or gymnasts are all examples of those who are at higher risk of experiencing hip degeneration.

It is possible that during adolescence or as far back as fetal development, the joints in your body including those in the hip did not form properly. Any malformation of the joints could also increase the possibility of excessive wear and tear.

Symptoms of hip degeneration include swelling, tenderness, redness, and pain in the area. It is possible to experience these symptoms in other areas that are in close proximity to the hip as well, making this specific condition more difficult to pinpoint and diagnose. The legs, knees, buttocks, and lower back can all become affected by degeneration in the hips.

While it is possible to gain some quelling of your symptoms by taking over the counter pain medications, prescription anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers, as well as applying cold or heat therapy to the area, these treatments will not provide log lasting relief or treat the cause of your pain. It is important to seek a professional opinion as soon as possible, both to ease your discomfort, and to decrease the risks of worsening your condition. While there is no cure for arthritis, it is possible to find relief and slow down the process of degeneration.