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How does arthritis affect the hip?

Hip pain caused by arthritis of the hip (ball and socket) joint is typically groin pain that frequently refers down the thigh to the top of the knee.

In hip arthritis, the onset of pain symptoms is usually not sudden. The pain comes on over time, typically increasing in severity in some people over time as well. Pain in the front of the hip, or groin pain, is the most typical sign of hip arthritis or problems inside the hip itself.

You can also have pain on the outside of your hip, over your hip bone on your leg. That can be a sign of arthritis, bursitis or just simply a swelling over the hip itself. Frequently, hip pain does not require any surgical intervention and can be treated in the doctor’s office along with physical therapy and medication to help with the inflammation.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

In arthritis of the hip, the cartilage lining the hip joint wears out. Eventually, the joint may no longer move smoothly without pain, stiffness or discomfort. Mobility may also be affected.

Dr. Joseph F. Merola, MD
Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

Many folks assume that arthritis pain from their hip joint will be felt at the outside portion of the thigh or buttock. In fact, true hip pain is typically felt in the groin. The pain is made worse by rotating about the hip joint and/or weight-bearing on the hip.

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