Arthritis (Hip)

The hip is the point at which the pelvis meets the thigh bone and is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. The hip is composed of two components; the femoral head and the acetabulum. The femoral head is a ball-shaped piece of bone that is found at the top of the thigh bone. The acetabulum is the socket in the pelvis that the femoral head fits into, it is lined with synovium (a thin membrane) which aids in movement of the joint.


Patients with arthritis of the hip experience pain, stiffness and swelling in the affected area. A loss of cartilage in the joint eventually leads to bone rubbing on bone which destroys the hip joint. Pain is typically felt in the groin or buttocks and is exacerbated by activities like walking and getting dressed.

Arthritis of the hip is diagnosed after an evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, a physical exam and one or more diagnostic imaging tests. While most types of arthritis are incurable, today's treatment options can be very effective relieving symptoms.

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