Hip Arthritis Specialist

Christopher Farrell, M.D. -  - Orthopedic Surgery

Maryland Orthopedic Institute

Christopher Farrell, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery located in Bethesda, MD

Hip arthritis makes it hard to enjoy daily routines, much less have the strength and stamina needed to pursue more active aspirations. Dr. Christopher Farrell treats hip arthritis and can help you get back to the things you love most at Maryland Orthopedic Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Don’t tolerate your hip pain another day: Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to explore hip arthritis treatment options.

Hip Arthritis Q & A

What types of arthritis affect the hip?

Several types of arthritis can occur in your hip joint. These are some of the more common:

Osteoarthritis

By far the most common type of hip arthritis, this is a chronic condition affecting the cartilage within your joints. As the cartilage wears away, bone-on-bone contact causes pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This chronic inflammatory disease occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the membrane lining your joints. Without proper treatment, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to disability.

Ankylosing spondylitis

This type of arthritis leads to inflammation and chronic pain. While the spine is most commonly affected by ankylosing spondylitis, the disease can also cause hip pain and stiffness.

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in your bloodstream. The excess forms tiny crystals that can cause intense joint pain.

What are the symptoms of hip arthritis?

Occasional hip pain is usually nothing to worry about, but when hip problems get in the way of your daily routines, it may be time to seek treatment. Some of the more common symptoms of hip arthritis include:

  • Hip pain
  • Groin or thigh pain radiating into your buttocks
  • Stiffness
  • “Sticking” or “locking” joint
  • Loss of range of motion

These hip issues are not an unavoidable part of growing older. Hip arthritis is a treatable condition, and the sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances are of improvement.

What are the treatment options for hip arthritis?

Dr. Farrell evaluates your hip joint to determine the best treatment path. Many men and women achieve good results through nonsurgical approaches, including lifestyle modifications, assistive devices, and physical therapy.

Medications can also play a role in treating hip arthritis. It’s important to understand that medications come with a small risk of side effects. Finding lasting relief from arthritis pain often requires surgical intervention. 

Surgical options include osteotomy, a procedure in which Dr. Farrell removes either a portion of the socket or the thigh bone, which reduces pressure within the joint.

A more common option is hip resurfacing, in which damaged cartilage and bone tissue is removed, and metal coverings are placed over the thigh bone and socket.

Hip replacement can also relieve hip arthritis. The process involves removing damaged hip components and replacing them with surfaces made of plastic, ceramic, or metal. 

When addressing hip arthritis, understanding all the options is the best way to make an informed decision. Dr. Farrell works with you to find the right treatment path to relieve joint pain and stiffness.