It is above all women who suffer from arthrosis, joint and musculoskeletal pains that end up compromising the good functions of the body and the quality of life.
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a very common and also very dangerous disease; for this it is worth learning to recognize the symptoms and prevent it. Read on to find out more!
Why arthrosis of the hip arises?
Osteoarthritis of the hip or coxarthrosis is a degenerative disease that affects the cartilage of the hip. Recall that the hip joint connects the head of the femur with the acetabular cavity (or cup).
The coxo-femoral joint is covered by a dense network of muscle fibers and ligaments that join the cartilage and cushion friction. Osteoarthritis of the hip can be of two types:
- Primary arthrosis, which arises as a result of the normal aging process. It appears from 60 or 65 years of age.
- Secondary osteoarthritis, due to local and joint problems following dislocations, poor nutrition or bone problems. In this case, osteoarthritis of the hip could arise from 30 or 35 years of age.
At this point let’s see what are the causes of this degenerative disease:
- Trauma : Dislocations, injuries or diseases not treated properly can be responsible for hip arthrosis.
- Causes of vascular origin : Venous insufficiency is a problem that should not be underestimated, since it could degenerate into arthrosis or dislocations.
- Genetic factors : Many babies are often born with birth defects, such as hip dysplasia, growth failure, or other problems.
- Alterations of the skeleton : it is very common to suffer from inequality in the length of the lower limbs.
Symptoms of hip arthrosis
- Obviously, the first symptom of a joint problem is pain. Many people think that the pain is limited to the hip area, but in reality it is mainly concentrated in the groin region. It can also extend to the buttocks and front of the thigh, up to the knee.
- With movement, you may feel a sudden crack in the joints.
- If your side hurts, it could be a muscle problem. However, if the pain goes all the way to the groin, then it is due to hip osteoarthritis.
- In the first phase of the disease, the pain is mild and appears mainly after prolonged exertion, for example after walking for a long time, after running or lifting a lot of weights. With a little rest, the pain tends to go away.
- In the long run, as osteoarthritis develops, the pain becomes more intense, so much so that it prevents you from climbing stairs quietly, for example. If you cross your legs or twist or move them during the night, you may feel them crack and feel pain, especially in the groin area.
How can osteoarthritis of the hip be prevented?
Unfortunately we must point out that, in case of hip arthrosis, you must try to adapt your life to this reality, because a cure has not yet been found.
You must strive to follow a correct and above all nutritious diet, in addition to doing moderate physical activity that allows you to improve mobility, without getting too tired.
Follow your doctor’s prescriptions and do not abuse anti-inflammatory or sedative medications, as they may damage your liver. If you don’t currently suffer from hip osteoarthritis or are experiencing mild symptoms, then you should follow these recommendations:
- Try to always maintain an adequate weight.
- Do some moderate physical activity every day that forces you to move your hips, such as walking, running, or swimming.
- Increase the doses of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin D because they help synthesize collagen. For this, we recommend the consumption of citrus fruits, mangoes, pineapples, carrots, melon, strawberries, cruciferous vegetables, artichokes, as well as garlic, very useful for reducing inflammation of the joints.
- Gelatin is ideal for regenerating cartilage because, as you know, bone does not regenerate, but cartilage does.
- Take magnesium supplements because it is essential for joint health and for the well-being of the body in general. You can buy it at any herbalist’s or health food store after consulting your doctor about it.
- Drink at least two liters of water a day. It is important to stay hydrated because this also means moisturizing the joints and nourishing the cartilages. It is worth bearing in mind.
- There are those who also resort to vitamin supplements such as glucosamine sulphate, especially indicated for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip . It is a natural way to strengthen this part of the body, bones and cartilages in general. You can consult your doctor about the benefits of supplements of this type.