Osteoarthritis affects more than 10 million people in the United States alone, making it the most common form of the degenerative joint disease in the country. It also tops the list of causes of disability amongst people within the age bracket of 50 and older.
Furthermore, debilitating arthritis that it often results in has a massive impact on a person’s load-bearing joints, which is why many of its sufferers have hip problems.
Detecting hip osteoarthritis early on
The good news is, osteoarthritis medical technology has significantly improved over the years that it now allows for quicker and less invasive diagnostic tests. Early diagnosis is key to preventing further damage and better management of the symptoms. And one such test made available to Utah County residents by Michael J. Carlson, MD is hip arthroscopy.
A layman’s explanation
Also known as “hip scope,” hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery involving the insertion of an arthroscope into a small incision an orthopedic surgeon creates. The scope has a camera equipped with it, which gives the medical team a view of the hip joint. With it, they can then carry out an exploratory surgery to determine the possible causes of hip pain and establish whether the patient suffers from osteoarthritis or another form of the disease.
More than just a diagnostic surgery
Although primarily performed for diagnosis, whether of hip osteoarthritis or any other hip disease, arthroscopy can also treat some hip conditions. It can help ease the highly unpleasant sensations brought about by damages or tears in the labrum, articular cartilage, and other tissues that surround the hip joint.
Having osteoarthritis or any other hip condition doesn’t have to reduce the quality of life you live permanently. With a correctly carried out hip arthroscopy and related surgery, you can get back on your feet, literally and figuratively. So contact an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible.