Hip osteoarthritis (coxarthrosis): Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

Hip osteoarthritis is a progressive, chronic disease, which attacks and destroys the hyaline cartilage of the hip joint. This disease can be developing statically for many years. At the beginning of osteoarthritis of the hip a person may experience mild pain and some difficulty when walking. If the hip osteoarthritis is not treated in time, it can lead to a surgical procedure of a joint replacement. This replacement may be needed if the hip joint is severely deformed and immobilized. In other cases the patient does not need the operation, the osteoarthritis of the hip can be cured by the conservative treatment, begun in the early stages. 

Causes of hip osteothritis

Usually people over 60 years are diagnosed with the osteoarthritis of the hip. The reason for that are the changes of cartilage, that usually loses its elastic mobility with age. If there is no other pathology, the hip osteoarthritis rarely becomes too severe. Sometimes young people can also have hip osteoarthritis. It happens because of the following four reasons:

  1. 1)    Obesity: overweight puts pressure on the leg joints, which affects the cartilage.
  2.       2) Hereditary predisposition to the diseases of the joints.
  3.       3) Congenital abnormalities of the hip joint.
  4.       4) consequences of injury, car accident or professional sport trauma.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis in hip and treatment of this disease during its different stages.

The first stage of osteothritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis in hip during the first stage are:

  1. mild pain in the groin, thigh and buttocks
  2. painful sensations arise only when standing up and walking
  3. the pain stops after a minute or two of walking

The rheumatologist or orthopedist can diagnose the patient with the osteoarthritis of the hip  during the simple X-Ray of the hip.
The treatment of hip osteoarthritis, started at this stage, can completely eliminate the symptoms of this disease.
 Treatment of hip osteoarthritis involves:

Physiotherapy. During the physiotherapy the doctor strengthens the muscles around the affected area, stretches the ligament and normalizes the motion of the person. He also restores the cartilage, removes the spasms and pain, using in some cases the massage and hirudotherapy(treatment with leeches) can also be used as a hip osteoarthritis treatment. The saliva of leeches improves the  blood circulation and renegates some cells.
The patients at this stage are also prescribed with the diet, which includes the whole removal of salt from the nutrition and increasing the amount of water that patient drinks every day. Rarely the doctor can also reduce the calories intake, if the patient suffers from obesity.
One of the most important procedures during the treatment is the physical exercise, which should be practiced on a daily basis. The duration of training at the beginning of the course is 15-20 minutes and it gradually increases to 40-45 minutes a day.

The second stage

The symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip during the second stage are:

  1. constant pain in the lower back, groin, hip and even knee of the affected side.
  2. walking becomes more difficult
  3. deformation of the joint becomes noticeable

Treatment during the second degree applies the same methods as during the first stage, but some specific drugs are added to the treatment plan. These medicaments are used to remove the inflammation. Sometimes the injections are used as an option for osteoarthritis treatment.

The third stage

During the third stage of hip osteoarthritis the patient experiences such hip osteoarthritis symptoms:

  1. walking without a cane becomes  extremely difficult;
  2. the distortion of the hip is visible even through clothes;
  3. the sound of hip crunching is heard during the movements
  4. the joint loses its mobility
  5. range of motion decreases

During the third stage the doctors can replace the affected joint with a metal prosthesis. Conservative therapy is used only to relieve the pain and prepare   he patient for the operation. After the operation patient can lead the same lifestyle as before except that he can not play sports professionally or do hard labor.

Preventive measure for hip osteoarthritis

  1. to eat less food, that has big amount of calories, such as butter, red meat, sweets, spicy food
  2. to eat more fish and other products that have calcium and vitamin C. Lemon is also a good option.
  3. to drink at least 8 cups of water per day
  4. to drink green tea and herbal tea
  5. to exercise in the morning. Exercises must include bending, stretching, muscle strengthening and also aerobic breathing.
  6. the consumption of onions and garlic is very useful, as these procts include elements that strengthen joints
  7. swimming
  8. women should not wear heels and give preference to flat shoes. Sometimes the patients are advised to buy special orthopedic shoes that keep the hip joints in balance.
  9. patients should not seat for a long time without moving
  10. walking every 4-5 hours outside can also improve the condition of hip osteoarthritis. Sometimes the patients with hip osteoarthritis are advised to get the dog to lead a more active lifestyle.


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