What is Hip Arthritis?
Hip arthritis is one of the most common causes of hip pain. Hip arthritis is inflammation of the protective cartilage of the hip joint. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of hip arthritis. OA can be caused by ageing, obesity, genetics, and injuries. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect any joint in the body. The body attacks and destroys its own cartilage. The large hip joint is especially susceptible to RA. Symptoms of both types of arthritis are similar. They include:
- Groin pain
- Thigh pain
- Decreased range of motion
- A grinding sound (crepitus) when walking
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) hip specialists diagnose and treat both types of hip arthritis. A medical history, hip examination, x-rays, and possibly an MRI are used to determine the type and severity of arthritis. A customized treatment plan is created to relieve symptoms as quickly as possible.
How is Hip Arthritis Treated?
Hip arthritis cannot be cured. An early diagnosis is a key to effective treatment. A combination of treatment options decreases symptoms and prevents arthritis from becoming worse. Treatment options include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-rheumatic drugs
- Assistive devices (a cane or walker)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
Severe hip arthritis may require surgery. A partial hip replacement and total hip replacement are commonly performed. An OICJ specialist removes arthritic cartilage and bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. Physical therapy after surgery makes the hip stronger and more flexible. Patients regain balance and coordination. Pain and other symptoms decrease quickly. Patients return to normal everyday life with no pain. To schedule your appointment with an OICJ specialist, call 732-201-6990 or visit our contact page.
Recent Success Stories
Dr. Tozzi is a caring, compassionate, and skilled surgeon who gave me my life back after performing a total hip replacement. I recommend Dr. Tozzi to everyone I share my story with.
Dr. Roehrig replaced my left hip and I am scheduled for the right. He was very compassionate in the way he understood and treated my condition. I will never go to another doctor.
A huge thank you to Dr. Glasser for diagnosing and treating an old injury. With her expertise, I was finally able to exercise and surf again without any pain. Highly recommended!