Arthritis is one of the most common causes of hip pain. The hip joint consists of the ball-shaped end of the thigh bone (femoral head) that fits snuggly into the hip socket (acetabular socket). This ball and socket joint is lined with what is called articular cartilage that helps your bones glide smoothly. When this cartilage deteriorates, the rough surfaces of the ball and socket grind against each other, which causes pain and limits your ability to move freely.
There are several types of arthritis that can affect your hip. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” arthritis that is most common. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of the immune system that can affect multiple joints on both sides of the body. Ankylosing Spondylitis is a chronic inflammation of the spine and sacroiliac joint. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that attacks the healthy cells and tissues. Psoriatic arthritis causes joint pain and can affect any joint in the body. It is often accompanied by the skin condition.
- Dull, aching pain
- Joint pain, in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks
- Pain is typically worse in the morning
- Difficulty walking
- Walking with a limp
- Pain that worsens with vigorous activity
- Stiffness in the hip
- Limited range of motion
In order to reduce pain and increase mobility and function, we offer several different nonsurgical treatments to alleviate your symptoms. Weight loss, exercise, and medication can greatly reduce pain. Low impact exercise such as swimming, cycling, walking, or water aerobics relieves arthritis pain. Hot and cold packs, as well as taking a bath can help. Cold lessens inflammation while heat boosts circulation.
As a last resort, surgery is an option. Speak with Dr. Osmani to discuss your surgical options.