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Hip Resurfacing Fever Catches on in US

Hip resurfacing offers new hope to young osteoarthritic patients. Increasingly in the US this procedure is suggested as a better alternative to hip replacement,// though many sound a note of caution.Its potential advantages should be weighed against its potential risks, they say.

At the moment though, whoever could afford to in the US do scout around for hip resurfacing surgeons.

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints.

Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis. Among the over 100 different types of arthritis conditions, osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting over 20 million people in the United States.

Primary osteoarthritis is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases and the protein makeup of cartilage degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years irritates and inflames the cartilage, causing joint pain and swelling.

Eventually there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints. Loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility.

But young athletes too are prone to osteoarthritis. Growth plate injuries are most common in boys aged 14 to 16 and girls aged 11 to 13 and are often associated with gymnastics, long-distance running, baseball/softball pitching, doctors say.

The growth plate is like a cap on the end of a long bone. Eventually, it will cement as the skeleton matures, but in children it is the weakest part of the skeleton.

Muscle strength imbalances, poor flexibility, inadequate strength training, overtraining, and lack of appropriate rest/recovery can contribute to the risk of overuse injuries, Kids who are overweight or obese also have bone
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