Arthritis in the hip — three symptoms to watch out for

Arthritis in the hip — three symptoms to watch out for

As we all get older, aches and pains start to become more common. There are a number of causes for this, but in general, one of the biggest is that our bodies begin to dry out. In our joints, this means that the protective cartilage that allows for smooth motion begins to get more brittle. When it breaks down to the point that bone-on-bone contact causes joint inflammation, the condition known as osteoarthritis can develop.

As major load-bearing joints that connect the upper body to the lower body, the hips are especially prone to developing arthritis. If you’re dealing with aches and pains in the hips, how do you know whether it’s simply an injury or a more serious condition such as arthritis? It’s critical to see a doctor for a positive diagnosis of arthritis in the hip. From there, you can begin to develop a management plan.

What symptoms are typically related to arthritis in the hips?

While you should never self-diagnose your condition, having a better understanding of the symptoms can help you work more closely with your doctor and other members of your treatment team. Here are three of the most common symptoms associated with hip arthritis:

  1. Stiffness — As cartilage wears down on the hip joints, the bone-on-bone contact can decrease range of motion and lead to stiffness.
  2. Aches and pains — Although not always painful, discomfort and even severe pain can develop if inflamed joints put pressure on nerves.
  3. Popping and grinding sensations — Known as crepitus, this is a hallmark sensation of osteoarthritis that comes as a result of the exposed joints running together.

When you see a doctor regarding these symptoms, he or she can perform a physical examination and order diagnostic imagery to determine if arthritis in the hip is the underlying cause. Upon diagnosis, physical therapy is a commonly recommended treatment option to help manage symptoms and restore mobility.

Hip arthritis treatment at Back in Motion Physical Therapy

Arthritis is not a curable condition, but it is possible to effectively treat symptoms and potentially slow its progress. The experienced and compassionate team of therapists at Back in Motion has the knowledge and resources to help you develop a personalized plan of care that is compatible with your lifestyle and treatment goals. Learn more about our facilities, staff and treatment options by contacting us today. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis in the hip, we can help you schedule your initial appointment at the location that’s right for you.

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