Hip joint wear
1. DEVELOPMENT OF HIP PAIN
Hip pain is one of the most frequent musculoskeletal problems in the world. It generally develops at older ages, but it often occurs among athletes as well. Hip pain can be caused by inflammation (e.g. rheumatism, gout, rheumatoid arthritis), but also by arthrosis. In this case, the cartilage wears off the articular surface, and the quantity of synovial fluid decreases. Therefore, the surfaces of the bones start to rub each other, which is the most common cause of hip pain. But the wear and inflammation in the hip is often not perceived as a pain in the hip joints but “in the thigh”. This happens because the muscles that move the hip are under constant tension due to the limp offloading the painful area, which, again, leads to pain. The pain then radiates from the tense muscles back into the joint. Some patients complain about thigh bone pain instead of hip joint pain, but this pain comes from the muscles. Hip pain makes the everyday life of patients a misery, making them irritable and impairing their ability to work, pay attention, concentrate or relax. If the cause of the hip pain is not discovered in time, the wear resulting from the constant pain will lead to movement disability. In some cases the pain and the symptoms can be mitigated, while for other patients the only solutions are medication and hip surgery. With a bit of luck, complaints can be eliminated for a long time, but this is generally just a temporary relief. Later on the symptoms become more severe, for which the final solution is brought about by heavy medication (e.g. steroids) or even a hip replacement surgery.
2. TREATMENT OF HIP JOINT WEAR
Treatment of Hip Joint Wear with Conventional Therapy
Non-steroidal pain medication: Either prescription or over-the-counter drugs, to be taken regularly or periodically. They burden the stomach (e.g. nausea, vomiting) and the liver (e.g. abnormal liver function values) seriously, but the patient information leaflet also mentions headache or dizziness as possible side effects.
Dietary supplements for cartilage repair: These over-the-counter products are effective in cartilage regeneration, but some of them are overpriced, and they are often wrongly recommended by specialists in misdiagnosed cases (e.g. ligament inflammation). They need to be taken regularly, otherwise the regrown cartilage will wear off again.
Patches: Transdermal patches saturated with anti-inflammatory substance for local treatment. They are quite expensive to use and also not very effective, not to mention that they fall off easily (especially in case of perspiration) and make personal hygiene difficult to maintain.
Steroid tablets and injection: Very strong and nearly always efficient painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, with equally strong side effects. As they contain hormones, they impact the hormonal system as well: according to the patient information leaflet, they can cause e.g. menstrual disorder and a wide range of other side effects (peptic ulcer, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, seizures and more).
Physiotherapy: ultrasound, electrical treatment etc. These methods are quite efficient, but many treatment sessions are required. Considering today’s healthcare system, it is hard to get this kind of treatment, and patients are usually prescribed less treatment sessions than they should receive in order to get healed. Another difficulty is that patients have to fit the treatment schedule in their lives.
Therapeutic exercises, massage: It is very important to get the joints moving, especially in case of rehabilitation after surgery. Many people avail of massage just for relaxation and recreation purposes, although it can also loosen up spastic muscles, and it can be used in combination with manual therapy for the correction of abnormal bone and joint positions. However, it cannot heal joint and ligament inflammation. In the long run it is costly, and many patients find it difficult (not least because of their pain) to visit a good specialist regularly, sometimes in another city or district.
Thermal spas, balneotherapy: Here patients can also receive physiotherapy, therapeutic exercises, massage etc. Hungary has several high-level balneotherapeutic facilities. However, patients may find it to leave their home for 2-4 weeks, spending their holiday in a spa, or going on sick leave. Of course, it is not cheap either.
The therapies mentioned above are ways treat hip pain without surgery. Sometimes, however, they can prove unsatisfactory, so a hip surgery cannot be avoided.
Hip surgery: arthroscopy, open surgeries, hip replacement. This is the final solution for many cases of injuries or chronic pain. But if it does not help either, how to go on? In the aftermath of hip surgery, inflammation or other complications can develop, and there is also a possibility that the pain remains.
3. HOW CAN SAFE LASER HELP?
Laser therapy performed with Safe Laser, developed as a result of a 40-year-long medical laser research, has pain relieving, inflammation reducing and biostimulating effects on the irradiated area.
In case of musculoskeletal problems, long-term irradiation has been observed to regenerate damaged joints, muscles and ligaments, resulting in the mitigation or even termination of complaints.
In order to reduce hip pain, we treat the hip joint as well as the tense muscles that move it. Thus we can also reduce the pain radiating into the hip joint.
In case of hip pain, it is recommended to use Safe Laser 500 Infra, which offers an efficient treatment for hip joint inflammation as well as cartilage wear.
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