The most common type of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is caused when the joint cartilage is worn away after years of use. Hip arthritis typically affects patients over the age of 50, particularly those with a family history of osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Hip Arthritis
Hip arthritis is often characterized by an aching pain in the thigh, buttock, or groin. As the disease progresses, the hip joint will get stiff and inflamed and bones spurs might develop. Eventually, patients can lose the ability to flex their hip, making it painful to walk or bend.
Treatment for Hip Arthritis
An orthopedic specialist at BayCare Clinic will conduct a physical examination and may order x-rays to determine if you have arthritis in your hip.
Nonsurgical treatment options include rest and/or modifying your activities, physical therapy, heat or ice compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, and dietary supplements.
If nonsurgical methods do not reduce your pain, surgical options are available. This could include hip arthroscopy or a total hip replacement.
As with any treatment plan, our goal is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the likelihood of further injury. At BayCare Clinic, you will receive individualized care designed to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
If you have hip pain and would like an evaluation with one of our specialists, please call our office or request an appointment online.