Do you experience pain, stiffness, or discomfort in the area of your hip and thigh? The hip, like other joints such as the ankle and knee, can wear out with time and lead to pain and discomfort. You may be suffering from a form of hip arthritis.
Symptoms: What does Hip Arthritis feel like?
In general, a hip that is affected by inflammatory arthritis will feel painful and stiff when moving. Additional symptoms will also indicate a likely case of hip arthritis:
A general ache or pain around the hip, including the groin, knee, outer thigh, or gluteus.
Pain or stiffness of the hip that is more pronounced after sitting, resting, or lying down, but improves with activity and movement.
Pain in the hip joint that leads to a limp or more painful walking.
Evaluation: How is Hip Arthritis diagnosed?
Your initial visual evaluation for hip arthritis will include a range-of-motion test to test for any pain or discomfort during specific hip movements. Your doctor will also evaluate your walk and look for signs of tightness or limping.
After a visual evaluation, X-ray testing and blood testing can also help your doctor confirm any thinning of the bone, loss of joint space, excess fluid in the joint, or excess inflammatory factors in your bones or blood that may be further indications of arthritis.
Recovery: What Can Be Expected?
The recovery timeline for your hip arthritis treatments or surgery will vary greatly based on your age, current mobility, type of treatment, and scope of treatment. Your doctor will discuss your recovery timeline and any recovery therapy that will be necessary to restore your mobility.
The following physicians specialize in the treatment of Hip Arthritis:
Dr. Zoellner did my first hip replacement almost 18 years ago and I am very pleased with it. Returned to him concerning my knees. Very knowledgeable and more than willing to answer any questions. He also answered questions I had about my husband’s possible hip replacement. Recommended a highly qualified surgeon for my husband. Highly recommend Dr. Zoellner, Orthopedic Institute and the entire staff.
Dr. Looby and his entire staff were outstanding. He took the time to explain my options for less invasive treatment and ultimately the full hip joint replacement. I appreciated the fact he didn’t want to rush to surgery but was willing to explore and explain all the options. When we did decide on the total hip joint replacement, he took the time to explain the procedure and what the future would look like….I could resume my physical activities including running. I am one month post-operative and have no pain and walking again without crutches or Cane.
Dr. Adler literally gave me my life back. I had an anterior total hip replacement. For me it was a same day surgery. I could not walk more than a block without excruciating pain. I have been walking 1 to 3 miles a day since week 4. I could not even get on my bike, now I am biking 6 to 8 miles at a time. He is an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner!
Dr Baumgarten is very straight forward yet understanding of my hip issues. Doctor visit led to surgery with excellent results. Not living in the immediate area, I was thankful that they were respectful of my time and made efficient use of every trip I made to their office. The staff is knowledgeable yet personable. I highly recommend them! A fabulous doctor and team!!