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Millions of active people of all ages,may be twenty,forty,sixty or eighty years old,have hip and knee problems that are keeping them from doing the things they need and want to do,such as mowing the lawn,playing tennis,dancing, shopping or just plain walking.

For those who have osteoarthritis of the hip or knee,you may be frustrated,depressed,frightened and worst of all immobilized.

Remarkable progress has been made since the 1970's in the medical,surgical and rehabilitative treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee.Chances of recovery are high today.

The more knowledge you gain about osteoarthritis,the more you will want to achieve and have the best results possible.For instance you must be aware of:

  • What is wrong with your hip or knee?
  • What do nonsurgical and surgical treatment involve?
  • How large a role does exercises play in the successful treatment of hip and knee problem?
  • What treatment options are being developed.
  • What have been some other person's experiences with hip or knee replacement?


If you don't get treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip, the condition keeps getting worse until resting no longer relieves your pain. The hip joint gets stiff and inflamed. Bone spurs might build up at the edges of the joint. When the cartilage wears away completely, bones rub directly against each other. This makes it very painful for you to move. You may lose the ability to rotate, flex or extend your hip. If you become less active to avoid the pain the muscles controlling your joint get weak, and you may start to limp.

The three most common types of inflammatory arthritis that affect the hip are:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): RA is a systemic disease of the immune system that usually affects multiple joints on both sides of the body at the same time.

 Ankylosing spondylitis (AS): AS is a chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joint (the point where the spine meets the pelvic bone) that can also cause inflammation in other joints.

 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus): SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the body harms its own healthy cells and tissues.

 

Signs and symptoms of arthritis of the hip

The classic sign of arthritis is joint pain. Inflammatory arthritis of the hip is characterized by a dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks. Pain is usually worse in the morning and lessens with activity; however, vigorous activity can result in increased pain and stiffness. The pain may limit your movements or make walking difficult.

 

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