DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis is a type of degenerative joint disease that affects the hips. Over time, due to aging, trauma, “wear and tear” or other factors, the cartilage that cushions your hip joint starts to break down. Without cartilage, your hip joint bones rub together when you move. The bone-on-bone action creates pain, stiffness, and can limit your mobility.

Causes of Hip Arthritis

The most common type of hip arthritis is Osteoarthritis or “wear and tear” arthritis. A number of factors can increase your risk for hip arthritis including increasing age, smoking, and obesity. Prior injury to the hip from sports or work injuries can result in the early onset of arthritic symptoms.

Symptoms of Hip Arthritis

The typical pain from hip arthritis is located in the groin thigh or buttock. The pain is generally worse with weight bearing activities such as walking, standing or even twisting. Some patients report "start-up" pain which is an especially bad discomfort upon standing after being seated for a prolonged period of time. This sometimes works itself out after a few steps. Symptoms of hip arthritis develop slowly, beginning with stiffness or soreness in one or both hip bones and eventually becoming painful enough to make it difficult to or even impossible for you to comfortably carry on normal activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. For those participating in sports, hip arthritis can really affect performance, endurance and ultimately the ability to simply participate.

Non Surgical Treatment for Hip Arthritis

Non-surgical treatment options for hip arthritis range from lifestyle modifications, weight loss and exercise programs including physical therapy. It is often possible to manage hip arthritis with various oral medications to control pain and inflammation. Sometimes injections of steroid medications may be helpful. The use of a cane, though not a popular option, will significantly reduce the stress of weight bearing on a painful hip joint.

To learn more and get help for hip arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Hip Arthritis

If nonsurgical treatments do not relieve your pain, stiffness and loss of range of motion your doctor may recommend surgery. The type of surgery performed depends on your age and the actual physical and functional condition of your hip joint.

To learn more and get help for hip arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Hip Arthritis

Sometimes, conservative non surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate osteoarthritis pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities. Some people may not be good candidates for or are concerned about the length of the recovery and rehabilitation period of joint replacement surgery. In these cases, Regenerative Orthopedic treatments may be appropriate.

Regenerative Orthopedic treatments use your body’s own repair mechanisms to address the tissue damage that results in hip pain. Precisely guided Platelet rich plasma and/or stem cell injections can selectively target areas of damage. These are same-day procedures that can be done in as little as one hour resulting in minor post-procedure discomfort and virtually no down time. Using painless harvesting techniques, bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma growth factors are injected into highly targeted painful tissues of the hip under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Patients can begin to feel improvement in as little as one week but maximal effects take 2-3 months and longer. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated tissues to help you to a comfortable, active, and productive lifestyle by improving stiffness, pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Hip Arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717