Urgent Care Appointments Available Now! Call the practice for more information.
Skip to main content

Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

Although the word "arthritis" is overused, referring to pain in a joint, the word "osteoarthritis" is referring to the kind from wear and tear, as opposed to trauma, or infection, or inflammatory cause.

Arthritis of the hip area can cause pain with rotating the leg, like moving the knees together and apart.  The issue is that these motions move the ball in the socket, and the pain from this motion is typically in the groin.

In the picture above, the absence of the smooth cartilage which is usually on the end of a bone (think about a chicken bone...as they usually don't develop arthritis before we're looking at their joints!!) leads to the xray appearance of the joint space as being more narrow.  Other findings include bone spurs, cysts, and more calcium deposits (looks more white) seen on xray, in the R hip in the picture above.

Sometimes patients will point to the painful part of their hip as the back part of their buttock, but often those pains are due to low back issues.

For hip osteoarthritis, the treatment options are generally:

--activity modification
--injections (sometimes)
--hip replacement

For those patients considering evaluation for hip pain, especially when in the groin, they can be seen at Orthopaedic Associates, and the best person to see would be Dr. Darden.  We can discuss the details of your specific case, as each patient's situation is different.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What is a Trigger Finger?

A trigger finger is a condition where the flexor tendon gets stuck in its tunnel causing pain and problems with moving the finger. Options for treatment are briefly noted here.

COVID-19 Prevention: Tips to Protect Your Family

As the world responds to the novel coronavirus, many mixed messages are circulating from social media and news outlets. Who can you trust? Who’s at risk? You need answers, and here are some sound and sane ways to protect yourself and your family.
doctor on laptop

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.