Like your shoulder, your hip is a ball and socket type joint that is susceptible to dislocation and damage often caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Your hip joints are involved in nearly every daily activity you do. Simple movements like walking, running, bending and turning require stable hip joints. In normal conditions, these joints work together and allow you to move easily without pain. But when the joint becomes diseased or damaged, the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to function.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of degenerative joint disease, affecting an estimated 43 million people in the United States. It is a common condition among older adults and can cause pain and disability in the hips. Hips can sustain damage in a variety of ways, including bursitis, dysplasia (dislocation), impingement, pelvic fractures, osteoporosis (thinning bones) and strains. Any of these conditions can cause severe hip pain and, in some cases, require minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery or total hip replacement.
Total hip replacement is widely considered as one of the most important surgical advances of the 21st century, helping over 375,000 Americans relieve pain and get back to enjoying their normal, everyday activities each year. During hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic doctor removes the arthritic bone and damaged cartilage, then replaces them with prosthetic implants that replicate the hip joint. Hip replacement recovery should be taken seriously, and usually involves immediate physical therapy. Most patients start feeling stronger and more mobile in 4 to 6 weeks, and able to resume daily activities after about 3 months.
At our orthopedic center, we treat people of all ages from all around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia including Martinsburg, Charles Town, Kearneysville, Hagerstown MD and Winchester VA. If you have any questions about hip replacement surgery, please do not hesitate to call our office at 304-263-5129.