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Hip Replacement

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  • Steve Towle – Tackling the Pain 
  • Ollie Harbin – A Hip for the Spare

One of the most important joints in your body, your hip joint allows you to walk, run and leap. When it’s damaged, you can feel the repercussions in your hips, of course, but also in your legs, knees and even back.

When Is Hip Replacement Surgery Necessary?

These common problems could lead to hip replacement:

Avascular necrosis: a condition in which thin tissue dies because of it does not have enough blood supply. It can lead to collapse of the joint space.

Degenerative joint disease: the worsening over time of the articular cartilage that lines a joint. It can result in narrowing of the joint space, which leads to pain.

Dislocation: the ball comes out of the socket in the joint.

Fracture: a break in one or more areas of the hip bones or joint.

Osteoarthritis: a type of arthritis that typically comes with middle age and is characterized by the worsening of a joint and a progressive wearing down of the joint surfaces. It causes pain, swelling and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic inflammatory disease that damages many joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.

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