What is Hip Osteoarthritis?
The leg and pelvic bones join to form the hip joint. The hip joint is very important because it stabilizes, balances, and moves the trunk and lower body. Hip osteoarthritis is inflammation of the hip joint. Wear and tear of cartilage with age is the main cause of hip osteoarthritis. An injury, obesity, and genetics may also be causes and contributing factors. The following are common symptoms:
- Groin pain
- Thigh pain
- A grinding noise (crepitus) while walking
Physical activity usually worsens symptoms. Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) specialists are hip osteoarthritis experts. A complete medical history review, comprehensive hip examination, and x-rays are used to diagnose hip osteoarthritis. The severity of osteoarthritis is determined. A customized treatment plan is created.
How is Hip Osteoarthritis Treated?
A combination of nonsurgical treatment options is used to treat mild to moderate cases of hip osteoarthritis. Because hip osteoarthritis is a chronic condition, meaning it cannot be cured, treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and preventing the condition from becoming worse. The following are commonly included in a customized treatment plan:
- Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities and movements that cause symptoms. Using a cane or walker to take the weight off the hip.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Oral and topical medications that decrease inflammation and pain.
- Physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening the core, hip, and lower body.
Surgery may be recommended for severe osteoarthritis. OICJ specialists are partial and total hip arthroplasty (THA) experts. During a THA, osteoarthritic cartilage and bone is removed and replaced with metal and plastic components. Physical therapy helps patients recover and regain strength and flexibility. Following a complete recovery, patients are no longer in pain and live a normal, unrestricted life. 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!