What Causes Arthritis in the Hip?
Hip Arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis of the hip) occurs when your joint-cushioning cartilage starts to degenerate. Whether due to repetitive stress, old age, obesity, or an injury that never healed, osteoarthritis of the hip can slow you down and wreak havoc on your body.
Without the protective lubrication of cartilage, your bone ends grind against one other, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. The condition only gets worse over time, and eventually, this grinding can also lead to the formation of bone spurs (osteophytes).
In 2011, over 28 million Americans suffered from osteoarthritis. Though osteoarthritis of the hip may seem like an age-old medical issue, we pursue modern and effective treatment options that will help you enjoy mobility again. When you come to our pain management centers, you will receive nothing less than the most advanced, cutting-edge medical technology.
What Does Hip Arthritis Feel Like?
Common signs and symptoms of hip arthritis include:
- Sharp pain in the hip, thigh, groin, buttocks, or knee.
- Pain during vigorous activities.
- Pain during rainy weather.
- Joint stiffness, especially after periods of rest.
- The joint locks or sticks.
- Crunching sounds, or the feeling of bones rubbing against each other.
- Inability to walk, climb stairs, put socks and shoes on, etc.
Exercises for Osteoarthritis of the Hip
When you’re suffering from hip osteoarthritis, your former favorite activities can sometimes feel like torture, and it may be difficult to exercise at all. However, getting regular exercise is important to stave off muscular atrophy, improve balance, and strengthen the joints.
Start slowly, and choose low-impact exercises like walking or cycling, both of which you can do outside or in your home. A treadmill with stabilizing handrails is an excellent option if your balance is poor. A stationary bike allows you to work your way up to higher levels of resistance, avoid dangerous traffic, and take breaks when you need to.
For variety, you can add water aerobics, yoga, or Tai Chi to your routine. The slow, fluid movements of these activities can improve mobility, flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular health. They’re also fun, and can be done alone or in group classes.
Treatment and Relief for Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Arthritis cannot be cured, but we can reduce pain, increase mobility, and slow the progress of the disease with early treatment. Along with weight loss, there are a few conservative, non-surgical options we might recommend.
Physical therapy for hip arthritis
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
Cortisone injections for hip arthritis pain
Treatment strategies vary from person to person. Make an appointment with our pain specialist today for your customized plan.