The surface of the hip joint is covered by articular cartilage which cushions the joint and allows the bones to move smoothly. Articular cartilage disorders may lead to cartilage damage.
Articular cartilage disorders may be caused by a variety of conditions, including trauma to the joint from a fall or sports injury, overuse, degenerative conditions, such as osteoarthritis, and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).
Individuals with articular cartilage disorders often experience the following symptoms:
Your hip specialist at Lancaster Orthopedic Group will evaluate your medical history and perform a physical exam to determine the severity of the problem. He or she may recommend imaging studies, such as MRI, or arthroscopy to help visualize the injured cartilage and determine the best course of treatment.
Conservative treatments for articular cartilage disorders include rest, modification of activities, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Surgical treatment, including arthroscopy and joint replacement, may be recommended when the pain persists.