Arthritis, or osteoarthritis, is a common condition involving "wear and tear" of the cartilage in the joints. This degradation can occur for a variety of reasons, and over 28 million people suffer from some form of arthritis in the United States alone. If you’re experiencing stiffness or pain in your hip, let Dr. Samuel Park at Specialty Orthopaedics in Illinois lend his expertise and provide a personalized treatment plan. Call the Hinsdale location to book your consultation or schedule an appointment online.
If you think you might have hip arthritis, the chief symptom to watch for is pain and stiffness around the hip joint. This pain is usually mild at first but becomes more severe with time. You might also find this pain and stiffness increases after waking in the morning or sitting at rest for a while. Many patients have difficulty putting on shoes and socks, washing their feet and cutting their toenails.
Other symptoms of hip arthritis include:
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, hip osteoarthritis has no single cause. Instead, there’s usually a combination of factors that lead to degradation of the cartilage in your hip joint. You might be more likely to develop hip arthritis for a few reasons:
Dr. Park’s extensive experience in sports medicine and orthopedics lets him provide a wide variety of treatment options for your arthritis depending on the severity of your symptoms. His recommended treatments fall into two categories:
If you’re in the early stages of arthritis and your symptoms aren’t yet especially severe, nonsurgical treatment may be all you need to regain strength and function in your hip joint. For example, losing weight, cutting back on high-impact activities such as certain sports, and regular low-impact exercise can ease the stress you put on your joint while strengthening the muscles in your hips and legs.
If your hip pain is getting in the way of your daily activities, Dr. Park may also prescribe pain medications such as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs to help you progress through your treatment plan. Injection treatments can be beneficial for many arthritis patients.
If your arthritis symptoms are particularly severe, Dr. Park may provide surgery to relieve your symptoms. No matter if you need hip resurfacing or a total hip replacement, Dr. Park’s focus on comfort means he’ll provide a minimally invasive approach to your surgical procedure using a direct anterior hip replacement technique.
If you have debilitating hip arthritis and want to take your life back, Dr. Samuel Park at Specialty Orthopaedics in Illinois is eager to help. Call the Hinsdale office to schedule your consultation or book your appointment online.