The Answer To Your Hip Arthritis In Bucks County

May 1st, 2015

 Are you experiencing pain and inflammation in your hip? At Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we specialize in orthopaedic surgery, technology and innovation. If you believe you are experiencing hip arthritis in Bucks County, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute will help restore your body to the health it was designed to have. 

The following information may help you identify whether or not you have hip arthritis, and what  Rothman Orthopaedic Institute can do for you.

What Is Hip Arthritis?

Arthritis simply means “inflammation of the joint”. There are several forms of arthritis, which affect the hip in different ways and will also affect the treatment.  The 5 main forms of arthritis that may affect the hip are:
  • Osteoarthritis: Meaning “arthritis of the bone”, is simply the wearing away of the cartilage  in the joints, causing the area to be rough and painful when there is movement.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is a systemic disorder that is not caused by wearing of the joints and cartilage, but rather an immune system response. Rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling in the synovial lining of the joint which will cause pain, and eventually creates degeneration of the cartilage.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis: This is chronic inflammation of the sacroiliac joint (the area where the spine meets the pelvis), which may sometimes cause inflammation of the hip joint. This happens in people of all ages, but primarily in men.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: An autoimmune disorder, also known simply as “lupus”, can happen anywhere in the body. If the hip is subject to lupus, there will be inflammation of the area, creating pain and damage to the joint.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: Interestingly, this form of arthritis is related to the skin condition called psoriasis. This form of arthritis causes pain, swelling and stiffness, often accompanied but not always followed by the skin disorder, psoriasis.
The 5 forms of arthritis listed above may present themselves with these common symptoms, including: 
  • Difficulty walking or walking with a limp.
  • Pain that is worse in the morning, after being still for several hours and gets better with movement.
  • Pain in the hip joint.
  • Pain that worsens with extended activity.
  • Stiffness in the hip area or a limited range of motion.
  • In patients with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, fatigue and weakness may be symptoms as well.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have a history of arthritis for yourself or anyone in your family, call Rothman Orthopaedic Institute today at 1-800-321-9999 and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute proudly serves people who experience hip arthritis in Bucks County. 
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