There are two main types of hip arthritis: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage begins to breakdown on the weight bearing portion of the joint. This process causes inflammation, which is painful.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip include groin pain, limited range of motion, stiffness, and trouble with daily activities such as climbing stairs or putting on shoes. Pain caused by osteoarthritis of the hip tends to become more severe over time.
Nonsurgical treatments include avoiding painful activities, taking anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen and Tylenol, and cortisone injections. However, if these conservative treatments fail, a total hip replacement may be necessary.
Total hip replacement procedures provide relief from hip pain and the ability to get back to many of the same enjoyable activities, like skiing and yoga.