Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is caused primarily by age-related wear-and-tear that involves the deterioration of the smooth outer covering of bone, known as cartilage.
Hip osteoarthritis can occur when cartilage in the hip joint wears away, leaving less protection for the bones. When bones rub against one another, this can cause damage and result in pain around the hip joint. Ultimately the hip joint may fail causing significant limitation to mobility.
More than one in four Americans suffer from bone or joint health problems, making it the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. The incidence of hip osteoarthritis is increasing due to the aging population and the obesity crisis. While this condition occurs most often in the elderly, younger people can develop hip osteoarthritis after experiencing a joint injury.
The following factors can play a role in the development of hip osteoarthritis.
The following are common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis.
The diagnosis of hip osteoarthritis begins with a physical examination and x-rays. During the physical exam, your physician will examine your hip for pain, swelling and joint stiffness.
Your physician may also order blood tests to examine fluid in the joints. If osteoarthritis is determined to be the cause of symptoms, you may be referred to an orthopaedic specialist who can diagnose the severity of your individual condition.
The pain involved in hip osteoarthritis can often be well managed, but it takes a team of experts to offer significant relief. Sometimes exercises and medication are the solution. In other cases, surgery may be necessary.
The following non-surgical interventions can help preserve the health of your hip.
The following early non-surgical options may help you stay active and comfortable.
When non-surgical treatments don’t relieve hip osteoarthritis symptoms, the following surgical options may be recommended.
Our world-renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center team is dedicated to providing the most advanced care for all bone and joint conditions to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life for our patients.
Our specialists in orthopaedic surgery, physiatry, rheumatology and rehabilitation, work together with dedicated nurses, physician assistants and other professionals, to provide state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for thousands of patients each year. When it’s time to consider hip replacement surgery, our expert team will work with you to determine the best surgical approach for you.
Each of our hip surgeons offer individualized treatment to each patient. You can trust our orthopaedic surgeons to provide expert, compassionate patient care.
To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, please call 1-800-294-9999 or fill out an online appointment request form.
We are dedicated to working with our referring physicians. If you would like to refer a patient with hip osteoarthritis, please call 1-800-MD-TO-BWH (1-800-638-6294) or see our list of referral options.
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