Osteoarthritis of the Hip: A Quick Lesson

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain, particularly in weight bearing joints such as the hip. Ostearthritis is caused by degeneration of the cartilage that lubricates the joints. Watch this quick video for a visual demonstration:

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Symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain in your groin or thigh that radiates to your buttocks or your knee
  • Pain that flares up with vigorous activity
  • Stiffness in the hip joint that makes it difficult to walk or bend
  • “Locking” or “sticking” of the joint, and a grinding noise (crepitus) during movement caused by loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue interfering with the smooth motion of the hip
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip that affects the ability to walk and may cause a limp
  • Increased joint pain with rainy weather

Treatment Options:

There are many different types of treatments  to combat the symptoms of hip osteoarthritis that do not require surgery. Activity modification, physical therapy, joint supplements and weight loss are just a few examples. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan that will allow you to get back to your active lifestyle!