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Hip Osteoarthritis

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint and is one of the largest weight bearing joints in the body. Additionally, it is commonly affected by arthritis. To better understand hip arthritis, we must first understand what comprises a normal hip joint. Our hips are covered with a smooth cartilage lining without nerve sensation that allows for painless, smooth, near frictionless, motion. When the cartilage wears away, either because of trauma, wear-and-tear, or any other of dozens of reasons, the hip is said to be arthritic. As the cartilage wears away, the underlying bones and their nerve fibers are exposed and we begin to feel the pain of “bone-on-bone” arthritis with every step we take.

Hip arthritis can negatively impact your quality of life. It can lead to loss of motion and discomfort. Initially, hip arthritis may present as mild pain limited to the groin and buttock region, particularly with activity. As it progresses, the symptoms worsen, gradually causing a decline in your quality of life. Even the activities we all take for granted, like putting on our socks, walking, playing with your children and grandchildren, or vacationing all become cumbersome as the arthritis worsens. Eventually, as the symptoms worsen, and non-operative treatments (oral medications, injections, physical therapy, etc.) fail you and your surgeon may decide a hip replacement is the best treatment for you.

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Knee Osteoarthritis

The knee comprises three bones that meet at the knee joint: the end of the thigh bone (femur), the top of the shin bone (tibia), and the knee cap (patella). Those bones are protected and cushioned by articular cartilage. The cartilage within the knee joint is needed to allow the bones to glide easily with each other allowing movement of the body. When the cartilage is injured or worn away, the bones may begin to grind against one another resulting in pain and dysfunction. The result of this wear and tear is known as osteoarthritis.

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Hip And Knee Secondary Arthritis

Secondary arthritis, or septic arthritis, is an infection of the joint. It often travels to the joints through bacteria in the blood. Treatment is urgent and usually requires surgery to remove the infection from the joint. Patients with this condition are predisposed to developing early arthritis as a result of cartilage damage from the infection.

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Post-traumatic Arthritis

Post-traumatic arthritis results from an injury to the joint or ligaments. This can be anything from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear as a young athlete to a complex fracture from a fall or motor vehicle collision. This type of arthritis usually increases the complexity the knee replacement, as normal anatomy is altered and there may be prior knee implants in place.

Our surgeons are well versed in dealing with complex post-traumatic arthritis and are experts in the matter. For more information, please call 305-256-4334.

Hip And Knee Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune arthritis. If triggered, it will affect the joint lining causing pain, swelling, and discomfort. Psoriatic arthritis is joint pain and swelling that can occur in people with psoriasis, which is a skin disease that causes scaly skin patches. These conditions may cause injury to the cartilage leading to the development of painful joints.

Pelvic Discontinuity

Pelvic discontinuity, is a rare condition defined by severe bone loss and lack of structural integrity within the pelvic architecture. It can be seen in the setting of a loose hip replacement, trauma, or infection. These are complex problems requiring a surgeon with specific expertise in complex revisions—a skillset we pride ourselves on at the Orthopaedic Center at Jackson South Medical Center.

Childhood Orthopaedic Disorders

Many of the young adult patients with hip arthritis today are a result of disorders that first presented as children or even newborns. Some children are born with hip dysplasia or even hip dislocation. While many of these patients are diagnosed early in life, there is a more subtle variety of the disorder that will only cause symptoms over time. When left untreated, this condition may lead to early hip arthritis which may require a hip replacement at a very early age.

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a hip condition that occurs in pre-teens and teens that are still growing. SCFE occurs when the ball at the head of the femur slips off the neck of the thighbone in a backwards direction causing pain, stiffness and early arthritis. Even when properly treated as an adolescent, these young patients often have severe hip pain and limitation in activity and require a total hip replacement.

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9380 S.W. 150th Street, Suite 270
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-256-4334
Fax: 305-256-4336

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