OrthoConnecticut
 

Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip

(Osteoarthritis of the Hip)

anim img Hip OsteoarthritisOrthoConnecticut’ team of board certified, fellowship-trained physicians specialize in hip conditions and treatment for hip pain that can result from Osteoarthritis/degenerative arthritis of the hip. Our highly qualified team of surgeons offers a personalized approach, ensuring that each patient receives the best treatment for their particular condition. We are especially sensitive in treating older patients.

Our team of hip specialists include:


What is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Hip Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis of the hip, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the hip because the hip bears the weight of the body. Osteoarthritis of the hip can severely impact a person's lifestyle.

Causes

Osteoarthritis commonly develops as a result of the wear and tear of aging. It also frequently results from traumatic injury to the joint. Osteoarthritis of the hip is more common in older people, in women, and in people who have occupations that place increased stress on the hip. People who have certain diseases, bone deformities or a genetic predisposition are also at a higher risk. Obesity can also raise a person's risk for osteoarthritis of the hip, because extra body weight increases stress on the hip joint.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of degenerative joint disease is pain in the hip, groin, buttocks, thigh, or knee. This pain may increase during activity and decrease at rest. Other symptoms may include stiffness and difficulty walking.

Treatment

Treatment options include cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, use of a splint or brace, exercise, weight management, and modification of daily activities. If these methods are not helpful and if the hip continues to deteriorate, surgery may be needed to repair the joint.