Osteoarthritis of the Hip: A Quick Lesson

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain, particularly in weight bearing joints such as the hip. Ostearthritis is caused by degeneration of the cartilage that lubricates the joints. Watch this quick video for a visual demonstration:


Symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain in your groin or thigh that radiates to your buttocks or your knee
  • Pain that flares up with vigorous activity
  • Stiffness in the hip joint that makes it difficult to walk or bend
  • “Locking” or “sticking” of the joint, and a grinding noise (crepitus) during movement caused by loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue interfering with the smooth motion of the hip
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip that affects the ability to walk and may cause a limp
  • Increased joint pain with rainy weather

Treatment Options:

There are many different types of treatments  to combat the symptoms of hip osteoarthritis that do not require surgery. Activity modification, physical therapy, joint supplements and weight loss are just a few examples. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan that will allow you to get back to your active lifestyle!

Partial Knee Replacement: What is it?

Unicompartmental knee replacement, also known as a partial knee replacement, is an option for a small percentage of patients who have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The knee is made up of three compartments; medial, lateral and patellofemoral. Partial knee replacements may be considered if a patient’s OA is confined to either the medial or the lateral compartment of the knee.

Uni Knee

So why choose a partial knee replacement instead of a total knee replacement?

Partial knee replacement is a less invasive procedure that maintains a more natural-feeling joint. Because of this, patients typically experience less post-operative pain and a shorter hospital stay. In some cases, the procedure can be done as an outpatient so the patient is home the same day. Similarly, patients require less rehabilitation and can return to normal activities sooner.

Our June and July educational series at Westphal Orthopedics will be devoted to partial knee replacements. These seminars are free to anyone that would like to attend. Click here to view our schedule of upcoming sessions. Make sure you reserve your spot today!