Signs of wear in hip joints
The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body and it is actually very well protected thanks to a variety of muscles and tendon plates. However signs of wear in hip joints are now among the most common degenerative diseases there are: In Germany, around 100,000 people develop osteoarthritis of the hip each year. Wear and tear of the hip joint is predominantly seen in older people. But younger people, especially athletes, can also experience early pain as a result of certain conditions
What symtoms do hip joint problems produce?
Virtually all hip joint conditions manifest themselves in the form of characteristic pain which initially usually only occurs sporadically after prolonged exertion. Over time, however, the pain-free periods become shorter and shorter, and at some stage the joint becomes painful even after slight exertion or even at rest. This pain can be caused by damage to the cartilage lip (labrum) or loss of function of the natural shock absorber (cartilage) due to inflammatory changes or excessive strain.
Conservative and safe - hip athroscopy
Sufferers are no longer able to completely bend their legs and rotate them inwards, and they also have pain in the hip joint. Hip arthroscopy is especially suitable for treating injuries or removing impingements. Early arthroscopy is strongly recommended to prevent progression of the condition.
Treatment by a hip specialist
Hip arthroscopy, however, is a procedure that places considerable demands on the skill and experience of the surgeon performing it. Another key area of focus is minimally invasive hip joint surgery as well as bone-sparing surface replacement as alternatives to a total endoprothesis.
Hip surgery should only be carried out by recognised specialists in the field of hip operations. We have been carrying out joint-preserving hip arthroscopies since 2004.