American Hip Institute

What is Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of hip arthritis, is the general wear-and-tear of the cartilage in the hip joint. When the cartilage is worn away, bone-to-bone contact may be present and is often painful.

Passive treatments for osteoarthritis include physical therapy, cortisone injections and PRP injections. In early arthritis, arthroscopic surgery may allow relief of pain and may delay hip replacement. In advanced cases of osteoarthritis, a minimally-invasive hip resurfacing or replacement may be an option.

In arthritis, the cartilage has worn away between the acetabulum and the femoral head