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Hip Problems in Adults

By 7 May 2012February 20th, 2024No Comments

Hip problems in adults often present with pain around the hip, however, the presence of pain does not automatically equate to joint pathology. Hip arthritis is a painful condition which is,thankfully, often slowly progressive and only begins in patients over 50. This is not always the case and patients with hip problems, injuries, inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis as well as patients with bone death, also known as avascular necrosis around the hip may develop this condition much earlier. Although initial treatment of hip arthritis must always be conservative with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, activity modification and physiotherapy as well as walking aids, there comes a time when pain and impairment of activities of daily living is so severe that surgery becomes the only option. Advances in modern orthopaedics include hip replacement systems which may be micro-adjusted to the specific patient anatomy and which, once placed into the body, allow for bony ingrowth and incorporation without the use of cement. The results of these implants, both from a functional and survivorship point of view are excellent.

The fear of requiring a replacement operation of a hip replacement after a few years is no longer justified, provided that surgery is carried out in a specialised unit.

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