Hip arthritis is a painful condition of the ball and socket joint of the hip. With hip arthritis, the smooth cartilage covering between the ball and socket wears away, causing the roughened ends of the bone to rub one another.
People affected by hip arthritis have difficulty walking, getting in and out of cars or sitting in a low chair. Pain can be severe and is usually located in the front groin area or thigh as opposed to the buttock and back area.
Several non-surgical treatments are effective for hip arthritis. A directed physical therapy program, anti-inflammatory medicine, and ultrasound-guided injections can be used to effectively treat hip arthritis.
In cases where patients continue to have pain despite treatment of hip arthritis, anterior hip replacement is considered.
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