Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis of the hip can cause pain or stiffness in the hip joint, making it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or move about. Treatment for arthritis of the hip can help ease your symptoms and restore mobility so that you can maintain a healthier, more active lifestyle.

  • Types

  • Symptoms

  • Treatment


There are three types of inflammatory arthritis that most often cause symptoms in the hip joint: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis; and systemic lupus erythematosus.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. The resulting inflammation can damage the affected joint.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that over time causes spinal vertebrae to fuse together. It is characterized by pain, stiffness, and fatigue in the lower back and hips.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, causing widespread tissue damage and inflammation. It can affect the hip joint as well any other joint, organ, or tissue of the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes arthritis in the hip?

Arthritis in the hip may be caused by wear and tear over time, autoimmune disorders, traumatic injuries, or genetics.

Can hip arthritis be cured?

There is no cure for arthritis, but treatment can help lessen your symptoms.

Can hip arthritis improve over time?

Unfortunately, once the arthritic deterioration of the hip joint begins, it will almost always progress or worsen. However, effective treatment can slow arthritis down considerably and help you live a full, enjoyable life.

What is the best treatment for hip arthritis?

The best treatment for hip arthritis will depend on your individual situation. Usually, some combination of medications, injections, and physical therapy will be recommended. Surgery will usually not be considered until other treatments have failed.

What will recovery be like after hip surgery?

The recovery after hip surgery varies depending on the details of your procedure. Your orthopedic surgeon will provide you with more information before you undergo your procedure so that you can be prepared.

How do I know if I need a hip replacement?

If you are experiencing significant symptoms from arthritis in your hip, and they are impacting your quality of life, you should consult an orthopedic surgeon. He or she will be able to evaluate your symptoms and recommend whether a hip replacement may be appropriate for you.