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Hip Osteoarthritis
(Hip Arthritis)


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the cartilage covering bones decreases over time. As the cartilage decreases, the bones rub together causing pain with movement.

Symptoms

Evaluation of hip osteoarthritis includes a medical history, physical examination, and x-ray evaluation. Initial treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, and activity modification. In cases that do not improve with the above treatment, hip replacement (hip arthroplasty) may be considered.

Evaluation & Treatment

Evaluation of hip osteoarthritis includes history, physical examination, and x-ray evaluation. Treatment includes rest, stretching, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, and weight-loss. Definitive pain relief for end stage arthritis is accomplished through a hip replacement (hip arthroplasty) and is dependent on age, activity level, and medical conditions.