Hip arthritis pain - typically in the groin and front thigh area - usually begins only during activities and progresses to pain at rest and eventually disturbs sleep. With longstanding arthritis in the hip, the area can be extremely limited, and simple activities such as tying shoes and trimming toenails become compromised with advanced arthritis. A pronounced limp, known as a Trendelenburg gait, can result when the shoulders move toward the side of the affected hip during weight bearing.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Hip Arthritis
Early on, hip arthritis is usually treated with non-operative treatments, including:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Weight loss
- The use of walking aids
- Over-the-counter supplements that help build articular cartilage
Surgical Treatment for Hip Arthritis
People who have failed to improve with these non-operative measures may be candidates for surgical reconstruction. Most often, this is total hip replacement surgery. If you experience severe pain during activities or at night, lose the ability to work or can't perform routine activities due to hip pain, surgical treatment may be your best option.
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