6 Effective Treatments for Hip Arthritis

6 Effective Treatments for Hip Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can develop in any joint but is most common in the significant weight-bearing ones like the knees and hips. Osteoarthritis causes pain, joint swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion.

If you’re one of the millions of people who develop hip arthritis, there are numerous treatments available to help.

At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, California, Nic Gay, MD, Masi Reynolds, DO, and April Mancuso, MD, most often recommend these six treatments for hip arthritis. Your custom plan may include one or more of these interventions.

1. Pain medications

In the initial stages of arthritis, pain medications treat mild to moderate pain associated with the condition. We may recommend over-the-counter options, like acetaminophen, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen.

If you have moderate or severe arthritis, you may require prescription pain medication to alleviate painful symptoms.

2. Injections

Corticosteroid injections alleviate the pain and promote better function by reducing inflammation caused by arthritis.

We inject the corticosteroids directly into the affected joint using ultrasound guidance for the best precision. Although steroid injections provide relief and can restore function, they don’t “cure” arthritis. You’ll need repeat treatments to keep getting relief. Over time, the corticosteroids may lose their potency.

3. Physical therapy

Physical therapy exercises can help restore mobility by strengthening muscles around your arthritic hip. That means the joint has to do less work when you’re active, helping reduce pain.

Physical therapy also includes complementary therapies like hot and cold treatments, massage, and electrical stimulation. If a brace or walker is needed, our team helps you learn how to navigate these tools.

4. Exercise 

You may be in pain, so exercise might seem counterintuitive. Regular movement, however, keeps the circulation going and helps you manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip.

We recommend gentle exercises like walking, yoga, and water exercise. You may also benefit from strength training that helps keep your muscles surrounding the arthritic joint strong.

5. Platelet-rich plasma injections

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, injections harness your body’s own healing capacity. The compound is derived from a sample of your blood.

We take the sample and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets — the components of your blood that boost healing factors to initiate tissue repair.

We inject the PRP into the affected hip joint to stimulate healing by improving circulation and increasing the presence of growth factors. PRP can be an alternative to surgery or delay the need for invasive procedures.

6. Surgery

If hip arthritis causes such pain and dysfunction that it interferes with your daily life, we will recommend surgery.

Hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged tissue and replacing the joint with an artificial version made of plastic, metal, or ceramic.

Today’s surgical techniques promote quick recovery, so you regain lost mobility and function while also getting relief from pain and stiffness.

If you have symptoms of hip arthritis, contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Call today or use this website to schedule your visit.

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