If your hip is slowing you down, you may be wondering what is the best treatment for hip arthritis. Hip arthritis affects many parts of your life. Maybe it is gardening, shopping, or walking the golf course. Most patients assume they have arthritis and will just have to live with it. But sometimes hip arthritis starts to affect important things like bathing, getting your shoes on, or getting up out of the bed each morning.
It is important to understand the cause of your hip pain before considering a treatment for hip arthritis. Hip arthritis is caused from deterioration of the cartilage between the ball and socket of your hip joint. Most pain from hip arthritis is in the front of the hip and thigh area, almost in the groin. Sometimes the discomfort will be felt down to the knee. People begin to notice that they cannot rotate their hip to get their shoe or socks on. Hip arthritis pain is usually a stiffness and is worse the longer you stand or farther you walk. And it gets better with rest. It is important to evaluate spinal problems as a cause of pain too. While most hip arthritis comes from maturity there can be other causes such as previous injuries or avascular necrosis.
Is there a treatment for hip arthritis before surgery? YES
- Stretching – arthritic joints get stiff and need to be stretched to keep them working, consider Yoga or Pilates
- Use of a cane – shifting some of the weight off your hip with a cane can help
- Medications – usually non-steroidal arthritis medicines will reduce pain and stiffness
- Injections – steroid injections work directly on the joint for temporary relief of pain
Unfortunately, none of these will cure your arthritis. Hip replacement surgery is often the best long term treatment for hip arthritis.
You don’t have to live with the hip pain! Hip replacement surgery is the gold standard treatment for hip arthritis that affects your quality of life. Today’s hip replacements offer a new joint surface that have great pain relief and most importantly get people back to many activities they were missing out on. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the worn out ball of the hip socket and replacing with a new one. Most of the time we will also replace the socket in the pelvis to make two new smooth surfaces or a total hip replacement.
If you are having trouble with arthritis in your hip and want to discuss treatment for hip arthritis, lets talk. Let me know if you have a good story with your hip replacement.