It is vital to choose the best treatment, whether suffering a degenerative hip condition, such as arthritis, or a traumatic injury to your hip. In the article below, we provide information about the most common arthritis hip pain causes. Our physician specialists offer the most advanced surgery-free options for your hip arthritis.
Hip Arthritis Conditions
Arthritis conditions causing hip pain
Hip Arthritis Pain Conditions
What Are The Common Symptoms?
One of the first symptoms of hip osteoarthritis is often stiffness of the hip joint and a dull aching sensation. Many times, the associated hip symptoms worsen with activity but improve with rest. Without treatment, the progressive degenerative process of osteoarthritis typically becomes worse with time. As your hip becomes inflexible and painful, you begin to have difficulty performing everyday activities such as walking, bending, or standing from a seated position. If osteoarthritis worsens to a moderately severe stage, you may even experience pain when resting and sitting still.
The location of the hip pain may be felt in the front, back, or side of the hip. Depending on your level of activity and other associated hip problems, osteoarthritis can result in either slow progression or rapid joint deterioration. Compared with other joints such as the shoulder or knee, hip joints often surprise patients with how fast they become severe. For these reasons, it is essential to have a thorough specialist physician evaluation and proper diagnosis if you have lingering symptoms of hip pain.
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Common Risk Factors
You are more likely to develop osteoarthritis if your parents or grandparents had it. Also, many patients can trace the beginning of their joint pain back to a specific work-related injury, sports injury, or after an automobile accident or fall. Being overweight is also a risk factor for hip osteoarthritis; this increases the likelihood of surgeon recommendations for joint replacement surgery during your lifetime.
Hip Osteoarthritis Diagnosis
Following a physical exam from a doctor experienced in identifying hip-related causes of pain, your doctor may order different imaging tests of your hip. Hip tenderness in specific areas, reduced range of specific hip motions, or instability of the joint may provide clues to the underlying cause of pain in the hip. An X-ray can assist in determining the overall condition of the bone structures of the hip. An MRI of the hip is more sensitive and allows the evaluation of soft tissues as well the internal bone changes such as bone marrow lesions. After a thorough review of your joint imaging, your joint specialist will offer you treatment options. At Orthobiogen, we offer the most advanced range of surgery-free treatments available in Oklahoma.
Other Forms of Hip Arthritis
Inflammatory Hip Arthritis
In addition to the most common form of hip arthritis, which is osteoarthritis, inflammatory types of arthritic conditions may result in hip pain as well. Below we provide information about the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis of the hip. Many of the conditions below may be diagnosed with the help of blood tests and a rheumatologist.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip
A disorder of the body in which your immune system attacks the joint tissues. As a result of this attack on the joint tissues, a significant amount of inflammation of the joint occurs and is associated with swelling and considerable tenderness. Those suffering from this condition rarely experience pain in a single hip joint, and pain in multiple joints is more common than not. In addition, overall weakness and fatigue may accompany this type of hip arthritis and is more common in women.
Although more commonly affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, some patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis may suffer symptoms described as hip pain. This condition causes a chronic inflammatory reaction that is often identified during the late teens through patients in their mid-thirties. Given the association of spinal symptoms and characteristic findings on spine imaging studies, this condition rarely presents itself as isolated hip pain.
Lupus (SLE) – Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Another form of autoimmune disease, lupus, can result in significant inflammation that damages hip joints and many other tissues and organs in the body. Should you have other symptoms related to your hip pain that suggest lupus as a possible diagnosis, your joint specialist will recommend specialized evaluations.
Linked to the skin condition psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory condition that may result in hip pain, swelling, and stiffness. Typically, patients with this condition will suffer from the skin-related symptoms of psoriasis before experiencing joint problems, making the diagnosis more obvious. Multiple joints are also commonly involved beyond the hips.