Degenerative Hip

Posted by: Doug Cahill

A degenerative hip is the ‘street name’ for osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis is the most commonly found type of hip arthritis there is which is why I’m writing this post.

Osteoarthritis has no cure right now, but the sooner you can recognize the symptoms and things in your life that might be causing them the better chance you have of slowing down the degenerative hip mechanism at hand.

What’s Osteoarthritis

This condition, that is the main cause for a degenerative hip, has to do with the cartilage in the hip joint.  The femur (thigh bone) connects to the pelvis to form the hip joint, and in this joint is cartilage between the two bones.  When stress is applied to the joint the cartilage acts a shock-absorber to protect the bones from hitting each other.

Degenerative Hip Causes

degenerative hipHere’s the biggest problem with identifying degenerative hip symptoms: we don’t know what causes it.  As of now what the best minds in the industry think influences your chances of developing it are the following:

  • Excess weight putting excess stress on the joint
  • Wear and tear from use over time as you age
  • Injury to the joint
  • Genetic defects (joint forming, cartilage defects)
  • Excessive weight bearing training

Now does this mean you can’t play sports or be active? No, not at all.  What it means is that you need to make sure you’re doing them safely and have the right amount of required fitness for the activity.  Don’t go from nothing to squatting 300 pounds, the rest of your body won’t be strong enough and you’ll put a lot of stress on the joint.  Also, being in-active isn’t good either, it will lead to muscle atrophy and weakening of the joint.  Basically, try to do a reasonable amount of activity with good form and you should be okay, more studies need to be done to quantify the effects of these activities.

Degenerative Hip Symptoms

If you have a degenerative hip you will experience pain and stiffness in the hip almost always, but the type of pain and intensity varies.  With osteoarthritis specifically you may also have swelling as the result of the body’s natural attempt to stop the cartilage breakdown.

If you experience these symptoms for more than a day please go see a doctor so you can find out for sure if there’s anything wrong.