Hip arthritis, a prevalent cause of hip pain, involves inflammation of the protective cartilage in the hip joint. Common types include osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Symptoms such as groin pain, thigh pain, stiffness, weakness, decreased range of motion, and crepitus are similar for both types.
Diagnosis by hip specialists involves medical history, hip examination, x-rays, and possibly an MRI, followed by devising a customized treatment plan. While hip arthritis cannot be cured, early diagnosis enables effective treatment. Options include activity modification, anti-rheumatic drugs, assistive devices, NSAIDs, and physical therapy.
In severe cases, surgery like partial or total hip replacement is performed, where arthritic cartilage and bone are replaced with metal and plastic components. Post-surgery physical therapy strengthens the hip, improves flexibility, restores balance, and reduces pain, allowing patients to return to a pain-free everyday life.
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:
Our 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.
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:
Severe hip arthritis may require surgery. A partial hip replacement and total hip replacement are commonly performed. An 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.