5 Major Causes of Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip

Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip, also known as osteonecrosis, is a condition that disrupts blood flow to the hip joint, leading to bone death and potential joint collapse. This can cause significant pain and limit mobility. While AVN can be a complex issue, understanding the leading causes can empower you to take steps towards prevention and early intervention. Here, Dr. Vatsal at the Khetan Knee Shoulder Clinic discusses the five main culprits behind AVN of the hip.

1. Corticosteroid Use

Why It’s Important: Corticosteroids are powerful medications often used to manage inflammation. However, it’s vital to be aware of their potential side effects.

What You Need to Know: Long-term use of high corticosteroid doses has been linked to AVN development. If you’re prescribed these medications, discuss potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

2. Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Why It’s Important: Your lifestyle choices, including alcohol intake, significantly impact your health, and AVN is no exception.

What You Need to Know: Regularly consuming large amounts of alcohol can hinder blood flow to the hip joint. Moderation is key!

3. Trauma and Injuries

Why It’s Important: Physical injuries to the hip or surrounding areas can trigger a chain reaction leading to AVN.

What You Need to Know: Fractures or dislocations in the hip can disrupt blood flow, increasing the risk of AVN. Early diagnosis and proper treatment of such injuries are crucial.

4. Blood Disorders

Why It’s Important: Certain blood conditions can make you more susceptible to AVN, highlighting the importance of proper management.

What You Need to Know: Conditions like sickle cell disease can obstruct blood vessels supplying the hip, potentially causing AVN. Regular checkups and adherence to treatment plans are essential.

5. Autoimmune Diseases

Why It’s Important: Autoimmune diseases like lupus can have widespread effects, including the development of AVN.

What You Need to Know: Chronic inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases can compromise blood flow to the hip joint. Managing your underlying autoimmune condition effectively is critical.

Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for managing AVN of the hip. If you experience persistent hip pain, especially after an injury or with a risk factor like those mentioned above, consult Dr. Vatsal at the Khetan Knee Shoulder Clinic. We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment options, including total hip replacement surgery when necessary, to help you regain mobility and live an active life.