As you probably know, osteoarthritis of the hip, often referred to as wear-and-tear of the cartilage in the hip, is a common complaint. Having said that, the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the hip in Asian ethnicities seems to be reduced compared to western countries. However, given our aging population, less active lifestyle, and recent trend of obesity, it is expected though that the numbers will rise.
The most common signs of osteoarthritis of the hip include pain when squatting and difficulty walking. You may even feel as if the whole leg gives way when you try to put weight on it.
Osteoarthritis of the hip won’t heal on its own. It’s common to have good and bad days. Generally speaking, however, your symptoms will become worse and worse over time. In the early stages of osteoarthritis of the hip, a course of physiotherapy may help. Medications may also be used as temporary solutions.
When osteoarthritis of the hip is advanced and causing a lot of pain, you may require hip replacement surgery. In that case, damaged parts of your hip will be removed and replaced with an artificial joint.
If you have osteoarthritis of the hip, we advise you to consult a doctor for a tailor-made treatment plan.
Below is a list of surgical procedures for osteoarthritis of the hip:
- Total hip replacement
- Robot-assisted hip replacement