Hip prosthesis

The hip is a ball and socket joint and consists of a head and a socket that fit closely together. For the hip joint to function properly the ball of the hip slides into the ball of the hip. The ends of the ball and socket of the hip are covered with a thin layer of cartilage.

Osteoarthritis of the hip is caused by wear of the cartilage layers that cover the head and the socket of the hip. In a total hip prosthesis, part of both the head and the socket of the hip are replaced.

Cause

The hip is a ball and socket joint and consists of a head and a socket that fit closely together. For the hip joint to function properly, the hip head slides into the hip socket. These pieces of bone are held together by several important muscles like the abductors of the hip, but also certainly by other anatomical structures like tendons and fascia. The ends of the head and socket of the hip are covered by a thin layer of cartilage. The function of cartilage is to keep a joint moving smoothly by absorbing external forces. Osteoarthritis of the hip involves wear of the cartilage layers that cover the head and socket of the hip.
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When to get a hip prosthesis?

As you can understand, cartilage is very important for the hip joint to move smoothly. Sometimes wear and tear can cause the cartilage to deteriorate or even disappear altogether. When cartilage deteriorates, the layer of cartilage becomes thinner or disappears, giving rise to bone-on-bone contact. This can cause various complaints, including pain but also stiffness and limitations in daily activities. The amount of damage does not always mean that there is a lot of pain, and vice versa. A lot of damage does not always mean that there is severe pain. pain are present. Wear and tear or damage to the hip joint is not always a result of aging; it can also be caused by an accident or trauma. Whether a patient is eligible for a new hip depends on the decision of an orthopedist.

Total hip prosthesis

In a total hip prosthesis part of both the head and the socket of the hip are replaced. This is replaced by a kind of metal attachment which, as it were, replaces the original knee joint and takes over its function.

Symptoms

Injuries Pain, stiffness and also limitations in the movement of the hip which can make it difficult to carry out daily activities are common after wear and tear (degeneration) of the hip. The pain is often located in the groin region and there is particular difficulty in bending and rotating the hip. Stiffness is often present in the morning when getting up or after sitting for a long time on a chair.

Treatment and recovery after surgery

For a good rehabilitation after surgery it is recommended to start physical therapy in the first week even though the patient often still walks with crutches or a walking frame. The physiotherapist can guide you in building up the load and resuming old daily activities. The physiotherapist will follow the protocol prescribed by the doctor and will keep in close contact with your doctor during your rehabilitation.
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