Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Health Plus Physical Therapy Center

Physical Therapy center located at 2114 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

At Health Plus, we provide tailored therapy services to address various conditions and injuries. Our goal is to help you regain mobility, alleviate pain, and enhance your well-being. With advanced techniques and compassionate care, we’re here to support your journey to recovery.

Understanding Osteoarthritis of the Hip:

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition characterized by the gradual breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones. When this affects the hip joint, it’s known as osteoarthritis of the hip. This condition can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, impacting daily activities.

Symptoms :

  1. Joint Pain: Persistent pain in the hip joint, often worsening with movement.
  2. Stiffness: Reduced flexibility and stiffness in the hip joint, especially after periods of inactivity.
  3. Swelling: Inflammation in the hip joint may lead to localized swelling.
  4. Limited Range of Motion: Decreased ability to move the hip through its full range of motion.
  5. Grating Sensation: Some individuals may experience a grating or scraping sensation during hip movement.


Osteoarthritis of the hip is commonly associated with aging, as the wear and tear on the joint over the years contribute to the breakdown of cartilage. However, other factors such as genetics, joint injuries, and obesity can also increase the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis.


Healthcare professionals diagnose osteoarthritis of the hip through a combination of medical history review, physical examination, and imaging studies such as X-rays. These help assess the extent of cartilage loss and the overall condition of the hip joint.

Treatment Options:

  1. Pain Management: Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs, may be recommended to manage pain and inflammation.
  2. Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises can help improve joint flexibility, strengthen supporting muscles, and enhance overall hip function.
  3. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial, as excess weight puts additional stress on the hip joint.
  4. Assistive Devices: Using canes or walkers can help reduce pressure on the hip joint and improve mobility.
  5. Injections: Corticosteroid injections into the hip joint may provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation.
  6. Surgical Options: In severe cases, surgical interventions such as hip replacement may be considered to replace the damaged joint with an artificial one.

Lifestyle Adjustments:

Adopting lifestyle changes can contribute to managing hip osteoarthritis. This includes regular low-impact exercise, avoiding activities that worsen symptoms, and incorporating joint-friendly movements into daily routines.

Psychosocial Support:

Dealing with chronic conditions like hip osteoarthritis can have emotional and mental health implications. Access to support groups, counseling, and educational resources can aid individuals in coping with the challenges of living with osteoarthritis.


  1. While certain factors like aging and genetics are unavoidable, preventive measures such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying active, and managing joint injuries promptly can contribute to reducing the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis of the hip requires a comprehensive approach to manage symptoms and improve overall joint health. Seeking timely medical advice, adopting a proactive lifestyle, and exploring various treatment options can empower individuals to enhance their quality of life despite the challenges posed by hip osteoarthritis.

Related Conditions:


Degenerative Disc Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Avascular Necrosis

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