Austin’s Hip Arthritis Experts
Learn about hip arthritis, including causes, symptoms, and treatment options at Austin Orthopedic Institute.
about hip arthritis
Commonality & Causes.
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common in older patients, though it can also be caused by a previous hip injury, a family history of osteoarthritis, or a hip disease such as avascular necrosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Hip Arthritis?
In the hip, the cartilage between the femur and hip socket becomes damaged or worn out, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited movement of the joint.
Some of the most common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include hip pain, stiffness, limited motion at the hip joint, locking, catching, and weakness.
Based on your symptoms, Dr. Goldberg will perform a physical examination and order X-rays and other scans to rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms.
About Hip Arthritis Treatment
Osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time so the sooner you are able to start treatment, the more likely it is that you can lessen its impact. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options to manage the pain and maintain your activity level.
As mentioned above, there is no definitive cure for hip arthritis. However, Austin Orthopedic Institute will work to create a customized treatment plan for your hip arthritis. Treatment options include:
- Conservative care, including anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and other noninvasive means of managing your hip arthritis symptoms.
- If the pain is severe, a corticosteroid injection can be given directly into the affected joint to ease pain. Intra-articular steroid injections can also be given. Occasionally, hyaluronic acid or PRP stem cells can be given as well depending on the patient.
- If the arthritis is not severe enough to warrant a hip replacement, hip preservation surgery can be performed to slow the degeneration.
- Hip joint replacement surgery is considered an option when the pain is so severe it affects your ability to carry out daily activities. Total hip replacement is performed when conservative treatments have failed to provide durable pain relief and/or improvement in daily function.