The most common type of hip pain in older patients is osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the hip is worn away after years of use. Bone spurs may also develop.
Hip arthritis typically affects patients over the age of 50, particularly those with a family history of osteoarthritis.
Hip arthritis is often characterized by an aching pain in the thigh, buttock or groin. As the disease progresses, the hip joint becomes stiff and inflamed. Eventually, patients can lose the ability to flex their hip, making it painful to walk or bend.
An orthopedic specialist will discuss your history and conduct a physical examination. X-rays are required to identify arthritis in the hip, but an MRI may be ordered.
If nonsurgical methods do not reduce pain, surgical options are available. They may include:
Our goal is to restore each patient’s desired quality of life by creating individualized care plans to reduce pain, improve mobility, reduce the likelihood of further injury and return people to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
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