Osteonecrosis of Hip

Osteonecrosis of the hip is a painful order which takes place when the supply of blood to the bone is interrupted. As the bone cells expire due to lack of blood supply, it can finally lead to the destruction of the arthritis and hip joint. Mainly, Osteonecrosis is known as avascular necrosis, which occurs in bone and often affects the hips. It is observed that more than 20,000 patients every year visit hospitals and clinics to get the problem treated. In most of the cases, both the hips are prone to the disease as well.

What are the causes of Osteonecrosis of the hip?

It develops when there flow of blood to the femoral head is interrupted. Due to lack of proper nourishment, the bone in the head of the femur departs its life and collapses due to which the articular cartilage that covers the hip bones damages leading to a immobilize arthritis. Basically, it is not known that the cause is purposely due to lack of blood supply as there are many risk factors which make it more likely to develop the disease. It may happen due to:

  • An injury like hip fractures, hip dislocations which mainly damages the blood cells, leading to improper circulation of blood in the femoral head.
  • Due to alcoholism
  • Due to rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and systemic lupus erythematosus, which are treated purposely with steroid medications and
  • Other medical conditions which are related to Osteonecrosis.

What are the symptoms?

When Osteonecrosis of the hip develops, the first feel is the pain in the hip, which leads to a dull pain or severe in the buttock or groin area. When the problem grows, there are more chances to feel difficult and hard to stand with complete weight on the affected part and may lead to severe pain in the hip joint.
In case of progress and recovery, it may take several months to recover. To get proper treatment and recover soon, initial diagnosis is essential for better result, as a simple negligence may increase the problem.


The physicians recommend nonsurgical treatments in the form of crutches and medication to relieve pain and reduce the progression of the disease. In case if the process does not work, then surgical treatment is advised for the patients with Osteonecrosis of hip with hip preserving actions.