Even though hip joint replacements are available, doctors sometimes fuse the joint instead. This is often the case with young patients who have severe hip damage on one side. Most of the time, the damage is related to some form of arthritis. Sometimes an accident or injury leads to infection and destruction of the hip joint. Tuberculosis that affects the bones is another cause of hip joint problems. Doctors try to fuse the joint in a way that still allows the patient to change or convert to a new joint later on. Most hip fusions last at least 25 years before conversion to a new joint. When the patient has back, hip, or knee pain that gets in the way of everyday life, it may be time to convert the fusion. The conversion from a fused joint to a new hip joint is difficult. An experienced surgeon is needed. Even then, problems after the operation can occur. Complications after conversion include nerve damage, infection, loosening of the implant, and hip dislocation. Rarely, a bone may fract...
Stiffness in a joint; Pain - joints; Arthralgia
Follow prescribed therapy in treating the underlying cause.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as frequently as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Consult your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medica...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
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