These definitions of medical terms will help you understand about your condition better, so you can consult with your doctor to choose treatment options that are right for you.
The socket of the hipbone, into which the head of the femur fits.
A drug used to relieve pain and fever. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and many prescription pain relievers.
Medications for pain relief.
Pain in one or more joints.
Inflammation of a joint or joints resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness.
Relating to a joint.
Cartilage that covers the articular surfaces of bones.
The hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. Individual bones may be classed as long, short, or flat.
A usually translucent, somewhat elastic, connective tissue, found throughout the body.
When a treatment or procedure is not advised.
A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex (the outer portion of the adrenal glands). Administered as drugs, these injections reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response.
A condition in which the femur has come out of the acetabulum.
Capacity for producing a desired result or effect.
An instrument that can be introduced into the body to give a view of its internal parts.
The long bone of the thigh.
Proximal end of the femur, articulating with the acetabulum.
Crease where the thigh meets the trunk of the body.
A localized tissue response initiated by the injury or destruction of vascularized tissues. Inflammation, heat, redness, swelling, and pain that accompany musculoskeletal injuries; occurs when tissue is crushed, stretched, or torn. Ibuprofen (Motrin) helps with inflammation.
The junction or articulation of two or more bones that permits varying degrees of motion between the bones.
A transparent, lubricating fluid secreted by a membrane of an articulation (place of union between two or more joints) or bursa (a saclike body cavity between a tendon and bone).
A fibrocartilaginous rim attached to the margin of the acetabulum of the hipbone.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A special imaging technique used to image internal structures of the body particularly the soft tissues.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgery requiring small incision(s), usually performed with endoscopic visualization.
A whitish fiber or bundle of fibers (in the body) that transmits impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord, and impulses from these to the muscles and organs.
A non-drug therapy, such as exercise, with therapeutic value.
This kind of arthritis typically begins during middle age or later and is characterized by degenerative (gradual deterioration of joint) and sometimes abnormal growth in the bone and cartilage of one or more joints, and a progressive wearing down of opposing joint surfaces with consequent distortion of joint position. It is marked symptomatically especially by pain, swelling and stiffness; abbreviation (OA).
The treatment consisting of exercising specific parts of the body such as the legs, arms, hands or neck, in an effort to strengthen, regain range of motion, relearn movement and/or rehabilitate the musculoskeletal system to improve function.
The back of the body or situated nearer the back of the body.
Nearest the center of the body.
To injure by overuse or improper use.
A lubricating fluid resembling the white of an egg, secreted by certain membranes, as those of the joints; also called joint fluid.
A collection of similar cells and the intercellular substances surrounding them.