Why is there pain in my groin? What is rheumatoid arthritis?
The previous blog assessed osteoarthritis of the hip. Specifically, this blog will show how rheumatoid arthritis can affect the hips.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder. This means that it affects your entire body. Importantly, the inflammation that occurs in the hip joints will be due to an immune response rather than wear and tear.
What is the structure of the hip joint and how does rheumatoidarthritis affect this?
The hip joint is comprised of a ball and socket joint. Specifically, a ball at the end of the thigh bone fits in to a socket in the pelvis. Each component’s end is coated with smooth cartilage. This allows the joint to move easily.
The bones involved in this joint are held together by a capsule. This is comprised of ligaments and a ‘synovial membrane’. The membrane secretes fluid into the joint to lubricate the joint and aid movement. Specifically, rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling of the synovial membrane. Eventually, this can even cause the cartilage and bones to deteriorate.
What factors are associated with rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect those of any age. It usually occurs in both hips simultaneously. It is associated with:
- Being female.
- Previous infection.
- Overall weakness.
- General fatigue.
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