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Is there an alternative to surgery for severe hip arthritis?

Is there an alternative to surgery for severe hip arthritis?

Not many: Occasionally i will see someone who has severe hip arthritis and either does not want or cannot have hip replacement due to age, illness, heart problems etc. In this situation, a cortisone injection in the hip can help for about 2-3 months at a time. It is not the best option but if there is nothing else it can help. Alsowalking with a cane in the opposite hand can alleviate the pressureon the hip. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Are there any alternatives to surgery for severe hip arthritis?

Are there any alternatives to surgery for severe hip arthritis?

Yes: There are options such as medications, physical therapy and shots, but usually they don't provide enough relief to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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Precautions to take in hip arthritis?

Precautions to take in hip arthritis?

Precautions: Pain/agony at rest, no response to arthritis medication, unable to bear any weight on the affected side: all are signs that you may need hip replacent or injections of antiinflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Would septic hip arthritis when i was a baby create any problems for me in the future?

Would septic hip arthritis when i was a baby create any problems for me in the future?

Potentially: If the septic arthritis was appropriately treated the chances of long term problems are low. If you are experiencing any hip pain, x-rays and an evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon should be able to address your concerns more completely. ...Read more

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If you have septic hip arthritis when you are a baby, will you have problems in the future?

Maybe: Depending on the degree of damage from the infection specifically cartilage destruction you may be at risk for development of artirits in the hip. If xrays remain normal with out evidence of arthritis or an uneven joint surface it is unlikely after a significant amount of time has passed ...Read more

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What to do if i had septic hip arthritis when i was a baby, will I have problems in the future?

What to do if i had septic hip arthritis when i was a baby, will I have problems in the future?

Septic arthritis: If you have a normal x-ray of hip at 44 years old and no pain related to your hip it is unlikely the previous septic arthritis as a child will cause a problem. ...Read more

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Young man with hip arthritis needs a job. Should I hire him?

Young man with hip arthritis needs a job. Should I hire him?

Yes: Depending on his symptoms, he can do anything from work without restrictions to work with limitations. He should obtain a letter from his physician detailing what he can and cannot do. You should then get together with your potential hire and discuss options for work and set expectations accordingly. ...Read more

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Does synvisc (hylan g-f 20) one provide pain relief for sufferers of hip arthritis?

Does synvisc (hylan g-f 20) one  provide pain relief for sufferers of hip arthritis?

Maybe: Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is an off label use in the hip. Insurance typically does not pay for it in the hip for this reason. It tends to work very well in the knee and the hip for mild to moderate arthritis although typically it is given in the 2cc mixture in the hip and not the 6cc synvisc-one mixture. It helps to recreate the normal viscosity of the joint fluid / hydrate remaining cartilage (covering on bone). ...Read more

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Is someone likely to get hip arthritis if they don't have a hip labral tear repaired surgically?

Is someone likely to get hip arthritis if they don't have a hip labral tear repaired surgically?

Unlikely: Femoracetabular impingement (fai) can lead to degenerative arthritis of the hip joint , as can other factors from childhood or adolescence( developmental hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis..). Isolated labral tears on their own generally cause pain , but without other anatomic factors, not deg. Arthritis of the hip. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more