Women might say they have hip pain, but what they may mean is they have pain in the side of the upper thigh or upper buttock, or they may be experiencing lower back pain, says Dr. Stephanie E. Siegrist, an orthopedic surgeon in Rochester, New York and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Hip pain can be caused by hip joint structures, along with muscles, tendons and other tissues that act on or stabilize the hip joint. Some hip-related conditions occur on one side of the hip, while other conditions occur on both sides.
The most common causes of hip pain in women are arthritis; hip fractures; tendinitis and bursitis; hernia; and gynecological and back issues.
“Treatment for hip pain depends on the diagnosis, but pain that's caused by overuse or sports injuries is often treated with heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication,” says Dr. Marc Philippon, an orthopaedic surgeon in Vail, Colo.
Some of these hip diseases require the patient to undergo a hip replacement surgery. However, due to recent issues faced by product manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns manufacturers, medical practitioners and also the public about flawed hip devices.
The following are some of the signs that your hip device is defective:
- Pain bearing weight
- Pain when rising from a seated position
- Pain while walking
- Pain on the thigh or groin area
- Pain on the hip area
It extreme cases, these hip devices may completely fail which will result in a more severe health complication. This happens when:
- the device is not attached to the bone correctly;
- the unit is dislocated and misaligned; and
- the bone around the implant is fractured.
Furthermore, defective hip devices may deposit pieces of toxic metal into the patient’s bloodstream. The body tissues may also form pseudotumors.
With lawsuits piling up worldwide, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. should duly address the hip replacement problems encountered by its clients. It is also best that they would disseminate more information about defective hip replacement symptoms so that the patients would be given immediate medical attention. Thus, medical experts advise DePuy hip replacement clients to have their hip device checked regularly.