FAQs About Arthritis In The Hip

April 28th, 2015

 If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis in the hip, you are probably looking for answers. Why does this pain and stiffness persist? What treatment options are available? Where should you even begin? At Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we believe that knowing the answers to each of these questions will offer you both confidence and guidance as you seek treatment for hip arthritis. Once you have the facts about arthritis in the hip and how it can be treated, you can take the next steps toward relief and recovery. 

What is Arthritis in the Hip?
As with any condition, before you can understand what is wrong, it is important to gain some perspective on the affected anatomy. The hip is a major, weight-bearing joint which your body depends upon for daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and even going from a seated to a standing position. It is referred to as a ball-in-socket joint, formed at the connection of the top of the femur (the ball) and the hip (the socket). A layer of smooth, soft tissue called cartilage lines the socket and covers the ball, allowing for easy movement. When healthy, this arrangement provides support while allowing you to turn in several different directions. 
However, arthritis is a painful condition that can affect that support and mobility. There are several different types, but all of them share the same characteristic loss of cartilage. This diminished protection between the bones of the ball and socket produces painful bone-on-bone interaction. In addition to pain, other symptoms of hip arthritis may include: 
Instability and weakness
Swelling and stiffness
Increase in pain with intense activity or after a long period of immobility like sitting or sleeping
What Treatment Options Are Available? 
The good news is that there are a variety of different treatments available for arthritis in the hip, especially if the condition is diagnosed early. Most treatments aim to prevent further damage and decrease the patient’s pain. 
Some conservative approaches include weight loss, activity modification, or medication. These are usually most effective during early treatment. If the arthritis is more advanced, surgical treatments may be a better option. For example, a total hip replacement can replace the injured elements of the joint with plastic and metal prosthetics. 
Where Should You Turn For Experienced Help?
If you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis in the hip, it is important to seek experienced treatment soon. Turn to the team of hip specialists at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute for the comprehensive services you may need. To make an appointment, contact us today at 1-800-321-9999. 
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