Post-traumatic osteoarthritis of the hip is caused by direct damage to the hip cartilage. Cartilage is an elastic tissue that coats the surface of the bone and allows smooth movement. Sometimes poor alignment of the hip bone with a femur bump from birth can repetitively irritate the socket causing CAM Impingement and later arthritis. Also, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries (common in hockey, ballet, football), and falls can sometimes cause trauma to the cartilage and tear it. Without the smooth surface, movement of the hip can be painful and more difficult. Symptoms include hip pain, swelling, stiffness, fluid build-up, and decreased range of motion. Factors that have an increased risk for post-traumatic osteoarthritis are inactivity, being overweight, and repetitive injury to the hip.
If you have experienced trauma to your hips or are experiencing hip pain, give us a call. Dr. Steven Sampson and Dr. Danielle Aufiero are Los Angeles’ leading sports medicine experts. Visit us today to Find out more about the noninvasive treatment options that they offer.