Hip Arthritis

Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa

Orthopedic Surgery located in Tulsa, OK

More than 92 million Americans have arthritis symptoms today, and hip arthritis is the most common cause of hip pain and dysfunction. At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons provide effective hip arthritis care in a welcoming atmosphere. For individualized care that respects your needs, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Hip Arthritis Q & A

What is hip arthritis?

Hip arthritis refers to diseases that damage or attack your hip joints. The most common type of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis. This disease affects the cartilage, the slippery material that covers and lubricates your joints. 

Osteoarthritis breaks down cartilage over time. Without cartilage protection, your bones can intersect painfully, and they may develop bone spurs that cause additional pain. Osteoarthritis usually develops in middle age or later in life, although it can also occur in young people. 

You can also develop inflammatory arthritis in your hip joints. Inflammatory arthritis occurs when your immune system malfunctions and attacks your own joints. 

The three most common types of inflammatory arthritis in the hip joint are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus, the most common type of lupus.

What are the symptoms of hip arthritis?

Hip arthritis can cause symptoms such as:

  • Hip stiffness
  • Hip, groin, or thigh pain
  • Pain that radiates down
  • Hip joint locking or sticking
  • Reduced range of movement 
  • Walking with a limp

Symptoms may be especially severe when you first wake up, after vigorous activity, or after an extended period of rest. Weather changes may also trigger arthritis symptoms. 

Hip arthritis symptoms usually increase over time, so your approach to treatment may change with your symptoms. 

How is hip arthritis treated?

Hip arthritis treatment usually involves conservative care, including physical therapy, mobility aids such as canes or walkers, medication management, and activity modification. If these measures don’t improve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend a surgical approach. 

For mild to moderate hip arthritis, a minimally invasive procedure called hip arthroscopy may help. During this procedure, your surgeon removes damaged cartilage or smooths your joint surfaces. 

If you have moderate to severe hip arthritis, your surgeon might recommend hip arthroplasty, or hip replacement. In this procedure, they remove the damaged cartilage and the ends of the bones in your damaged hip joint and place metal and plastic implants in their place. 

After hip replacement, your surgeon creates a recovery plan to help you regain normal mobility as soon as possible. Most people stand and walk with support the day after hip replacement surgery.

If you have hip or groin pain that prevents you from living life to the fullest, it could be hip arthritis. Call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa or click on the provided scheduling link to arrange your arthritis evaluation today.