The back of my hip does not hurt, so I probably don’t have hip arthritis.
Most of the time, hip arthritis presents with pain in the front of the hip.
People frequently think that hip arthritis will cause pain in the posterior hip or buttock region. In reality, pain in the back of the hip or buttock region is usually caused by inflammation in the sacroiliac joint or radiated pain from the lumbar spine. Hip arthritis most commonly presents as pain in the front of the hip or groin region. Hip arthritis pain will frequently refer down the front of the thigh and into the knee.
On some occasions, people with bad hip arthritis will present more knee pain than hip pain. Hip arthritis will not cause pain below the knee. Hip arthritis pain will frequently interfere with activities of daily living and is typically exacerbated by getting in and out of a car, putting on shoes and socks, and standing up from a seated position.
When symptoms are not controlled by non-operative treatments, then hip replacement surgery can be an option. Hip arthritis is best diagnosed with a physical examination and x-rays by your physician.
Non-operative treatment includes:
• Oral medications like Tylenol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
• Home exercises
• Physical therapy
• Weight loss
• Cane or walker
• Steroid injections
You should not have to live with ongoing discomfort and limited mobility. If you suffer from pain that you feel may be attributable to hip arthritis, please schedule an appointment with our office for further evaluation and treatment. Orthopedics and sports medicine is part of JCMG’s physician led, multi-specialty group serving Jefferson City families for nearly 30 years.
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