So, you have hip pain, but the X-rays and MRI are normal. Now what? Now your doctor may want to consider that you might have hip impingement, formally known as Femoroacetabular Impingement . Considering the anatomy of the hip joint as a ball and socket joint , this diagnosis is really not surprising because some bones just do not fit together perfectly to form a perfectly symmetrical, precise joint. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. Sometimes the ball is not perfectly round and sometimes the socket is too deep. A shallow socket is considered hip dysplasia which is different than hip impingement. Hip impingement literally means that there is abnormal friction producing abnormal wear within the hip joint. If the ball has an abnormal bump, then this is termed CAM Impingement which wears out the dome of the ball as is rubs against the socket. If the socket is too deep, then this is termed Pincer Impingement which wears out the neck of the femoral head as it rubs against the rim of t...
Most of our readers (and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers) realize that this disease is not only painful but also very frustrating. When I was first diagnosed with OA approximately 12 years ago, I knew very little about it. At times, I'm not entirely sure that I'm that much more knowledgable now! When I had the first surgery to replace a joint in my foot that had deteriorated due to OA, I assumed that this was the end of it, the OA was gone, and I could continue my life as usual. Little did I realize that this was just the tiny beginning of my battle with OA! May 6, I again will be having orthopedic surgery and will have a total knee replacement .
This is my ninth surgery from the waist down due to OA. I've had several joint replacements, fusions, and even nine small joints removed from one of my feet. Amazingly, thanks to the skills of great orthopedic surgeons, I seldom even limp unless I'm having one of those horribly extra painful days!
The extra challenge now is that the dete...
Reader Question: I have osteoporosis and have been taking Fosamax for the past 3 years. I was just reading in the paper this morning that this drug was shown to cause bone fractures. Isn't this medication supposed to protect me from this? Should I stop taking it? What about the other similar drugs in the same class?
I wouldn't blame anyone for starting to worry, if you just read the news headlines. Let me give you some background and perspective on this new controversy.
It seems that that Bisphosphonates, drugs such as Alendronate ( Fosamax ), Residronate ( Actonel ), Ibandronate ( Boniva ) and Zoledronic Acid (Reclast) have been linked to many side effects over the past years. When the drug was released more then 10 years ago, it was implicated as a cause of esophagitis.
More recently, possible side effects include osteonecrosis of the jaw (i.e. bone death), muscle and joint aching (FDA warning), atrial fibrillation , and now this new report on hip fractures.
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