Living with a worn hip joint can be frustrating and painful. Osteoarthritis, may be related to an injury or may develop with advancing age. Other types of arthritis may be related to infection, or an inflammation of the joint lining.
If you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your hip, the synovial fluid that cushions and lubricates the joint can break down and lose the ability to cushion the joint. The cartilage protecting the ends of the bones can also deteriorate and then comes the dreaded saying “bone on bone” arthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
OA will typically gradually worsen over time. Symptoms may include:
- Pain during movement and/or at rest
- Grinding, popping, catching sensations in the joint
- Giving way when walking
- Stiffness and Loss of motion of the hip
- Buttock or Groin pain (pain in the inner part of the thigh)
- Medications- over the counter pills such as Tylenol or anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Aleve as well as supplements like Glucosamine Chondroitin can be considered
- Weight loss program and activity modification
- Physical therapy- strengthening the core muscles and the hip can help to reduce pain
- Steroid Injections- Your provider may recommend this option for you to reduce pain and inflammation. These injections are performed under ultrasound