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Posted on June 30, 2011 Source – Rottenstein Law Group

Arthritic Hip

Hip arthritis occurs when the cartilage of the hip wears down to the point that bone is exposed within the joint. Though we have previously discussed the symptoms of hip arthritis, we have yet to talk about the causes of the condition, which is the number one reason that hip replacement surgeries occur. There are two very broad categories of causes of hip arthritis: genetics and wear and tear. Though one can rarely point to one sole reason that the condition developed, it is almost always a combination of factors that can be categorized into either group.

The genetic risk factors of hip arthritis are not all that well understood, though there are some hereditary conditions that may contribute to its development. Perhaps the most common is hip dysplasia, in which the sufferer’s hip is somehow malformed resulting in a propensity to dislocate. The condition may be caused by a too shallow socket portion of the hip (acetabular dysplasia), a too narrowly-formed femur head (coxa vara), or a too wide angle where the femur meets the hipbone (coxa valga). Due to the abnormal formation of the load-bearing surfaces in sufferers of the condition, the cartilage suffers increased wear over time.

The more common causes of hip arthritis are simple wear and tear, and the absolute biggest factor is time. Hip arthritis mostly affects people over fifty years old, and even with normal day-to-day activity, a person’s cartilage may wear down over time and expose the thighbone to contact with the hipbone. Additionally, cartilage becomes brittle and flakes off more easily in older people, which may quickly advance the condition as the person ages.

Because there is a causal relationship between the load that the joint has to bear and the risk of developing hip arthritis, the condition is more likely to affect overweight people than those that are in shape. Therefore, someone who is suffering the early stages of arthritis may best avoid having to undergo hip replacement surgery – a last resort option – by losing the extra weight.

No matter the cause of your hip arthritis, it is important that you ensure that you are aware of all the risks inherent in your hip replacement device. The Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, has reportedly been prematurely failing in patients that received the device at a higher than industry-accepted rate. If you have suffered such a failure, please fill out this brief contact form to get in touch with an attorney from the Rottenstein Law Group for a free consultation regarding a potential DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit for compensation.


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