Arthrosis of the hip joint is a process of destruction of articular cartilage, as well as destructive processes in the structures surrounding the cartilage. The disease usually appears after 40 years. Most often women suffer from it, but among men, the percentage of cases in old age (50-60 years) is quite high. The cause of the development of arthrosis will be the destruction of the cartilage tissue of the joint. This leads first to painful sensations when moving and in an uncomfortable position, and with the development of the disease - to a decrease in mobility and a complete loss of the hip joint of its main functions.
Unfortunately, in the last stages of the development of the disease, when deformity of the joint begins, the changes become irreversible, which makes treatment very difficult. Usually, it is no longer possible to completely get rid of arthrosis at this stage. But osteopathy demonstrates high efficiency in reducing the rate of development of the disease - pain symptoms go away, the joint returns to mobility.
If the treatment of hip arthrosis is not carried out properly, then disability is almost inevitable. The danger lies in the fact that the disease often spreads to the second joint, due to which the patient is completely bedridden.
That is why it is especially important to pay close attention to your health and, if possible, avoid situations and lifestyles when the risk of developing hip arthrosis increases. This is facilitated by two main factors - a healthy regimen and regular check-ups with an osteopath.
The first and main cause of diseases of the hip joint should be considered age-related changes, and in another way - the aging of the human body. Therefore, arthrosis manifests itself after the age of 40. However, this should not be considered a generally accepted norm - in some it may develop at an earlier age, in some, on the contrary, at a later age or not at all. An important role is played by lifestyle, external influences, nutrition and other factors that provoke wear and tear of the cartilaginous tissue of the joints.
Due to the deterioration of the ecological situation in recent years, the disease is rapidly "getting younger". This is also due to the fact that a huge number of small and large blood vessels and nerve endings are concentrated in the area of the hip joint.
Damage to nerve cells or poor circulation can have a negative effect on the joint. In the latter case, less oxygen, essential nutrients and vitamins begin to flow into the area of the hip joint. This disadvantage, first of all, affects the structure of the cartilaginous tissue, which does not have time to renew and recover. The result is its gradual destruction and thinning, which subsequently leads to the replacement of cartilaginous tissue with bone.
But in addition to the age-related risk of developing the disease, there are other reasons due to which the structure of the hip joint is disrupted. Factors that negatively affect joint health in general and lead to the development of arthrosis and other diseases of the hip girdle include:
If in the process of life you are exposed to at least one of these factors, you should be as careful as possible about your health, because the risk of developing the disease increases. In order to timely diagnose arthrosis and other dystrophic diseases of the hip girdle, it is necessary to undergo regular examinations by an osteopathic specialist several times a year. By the way, it is the osteopath who will help you adjust your diet in order to improve the metabolic system, and will help eliminate blood supply disturbances to individual organs and areas of the body that need it most.
Arthritic disorders of the hip joint are dangerous primarily due to the complexity of their diagnosis in the initial stages. Painful sensations are concentrated not in the area of the thigh and the most affected joint, but in the groin. Because of this, arthrosis is often mistaken for the manifestation of other diseases, problems with the stomach and intestines, and so on. Also, pain can be given to the lumbar and gluteal region, spread down the leg to the knee.
At the first stage, pain is vague and does not appear vividly enough to cause anxiety in the patient. An important symptom for determining a violation is discomfort and pain in the joint when trying to get up from a sitting position. Especially if you have been in this position for a long time.
With the development of the disease, the pain from wandering and periodic flows into permanent. At the same time, more and more difficulties begin to be observed during physical activity - in the process of walking. Weather pains, aches appear, which spreads throughout the diseased half of the body. This is already a serious indicator of going to a specialist and starting treatment as soon as possible. If this is not done, the disease will continue to progress, leading not only to constant pain, but also reducing the mobility of the pelvis up to complete stiffness and disability.
With arthrosis of the hip joint, it is very difficult to make the correct diagnosis in the early stages of the disease. Approximately the same symptoms can be observed in various diseases, both associated with disorders of the structure of the joints, and caused by abnormalities in the work of internal organs.
It is important to identify the nature of the pain. With violations of the structure and position of the joint, it becomes most sensitive to vertical loads. Also, in the early stages, pain (and possibly impaired mobility) will be noticeable during abduction of the limb in the vertical plane and internal rotation of the joint.
The early stages of arthrosis of the hip joint are not yet irreversible (structural changes are insignificant), therefore it is so important to diagnose the disease at the very beginning. This can be done by an experienced osteopath, guided by the patient's feelings. If the symptoms and nature of pain are highly likely to indicate arthrosis of the joint, then it is recommended to conduct additional studies and examinations with other specialists in order to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe competent treatment. In this case, it will be possible to get rid of the disease (or stop its symptoms) rather quickly.
There are several methods of treating arthritic diseases of the joint, including the most cardinal - surgical. But the most effective methods are osteopathy. Especially if they are competently combined with physiotherapeutic effects and physiotherapy exercises.
In osteopathy, the treatment of arthritic disorders of the hip joints is performed in several stages:
Often, in the treatment of arthrosis (and immediately after it), the specialist prescribes exercise therapy (physiotherapy exercises) for the patient. This approach is explained by the natural desire to strengthen the body as a whole, but without the danger of injuring or overloading the pelvic region. Strengthening the muscles contributes to the fact that they begin to hold the femoral neck more tightly in the articular bag, which means that the likelihood of dislocation and other injury is reduced.
Arthrosis of the hip joint is a disease that is rather difficult to cure in the later stages. It is practically not diagnosed in the early stages by traditional medicine. But preventive methods can reduce the risk of the onset of the disease or postpone the age of the onset of its first symptoms:
Prevention is always more effective than treatment of arthrosis, and therefore try to lead a healthy lifestyle - and this disease will bypass you. Of course, one should not forget about another important aspect - regular examinations by a specialist.