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Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis is inflammation of the hip and may include osteoarthritis, which is the wearing away of smooth cartilage on the end of the bone.

The three common types of arthritis of the hip are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis—A systemic disease of the immune system affecting multiple joints
  • Ankylosing spondylitis—Also known as spinal arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus—An autoimmune disease

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Hip
Joint pain is a classic sign of arthritis. Dull, aching pain in the groin, thigh or buttocks is worse in the morning and decreases with less activity. This pain may limit movement and walking.

Arthritis of the Hip Diagnosis
X-rays will provide information to your physician about the existence of degeneration from osteoarthritis or other signs of hip arthritis. Other testing may be necessary to provide more information or rule out other conditions.

Non-surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hip
Medication, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy and assistive devices are all non-surgical options of treatment offered by Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth.

Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hip
If conservative treatment does not relieve pain, surgery may be necessary. Total hip replacement, bone grafts or other procedures are options to consider.

Arrange an appointment with one of Atlanta’s most knowledgeable sports medicine physicians. Call 678-312-5000 for a free referral.