There are two main types of hip arthritis: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Inflammatory hip arthritis is a rare form of hip arthritis that is typically caused by rheumatoid arthritis. However, it can also be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, or ankylosing spondylitis.
Inflammatory hip arthritis is essentially an inflammation of the hip joint lining. The swelling can be very painful and cause a limited range of motion and trouble performing daily activities.
Initial treatments, like disease modifying anti-rheumatic medications or cortisone shots, are geared towards decreasing inflammation. However, if these treatments fail, and the joint damage progresses, a total hip replacement can provide excellent pain relief.