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How is hip arthritis treated?

Other than surgery, common treatments for arthritis pain in the hip include medications, joint injections and natural treatments. Medications for arthritis typically include anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and corticosteroids. For hip joint pain, steroid injections are also administered to the joint; these injections work to reduce inflammation in the joint, reducing pain in the local area. Natural treatments for hip arthritis pain include acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, stretching, yoga and supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin.

This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program.

Mild arthritis can be treated with oral anti-inflammatories and activity modification. This coupled with keeping the joint strong and flexible can relieve some symptoms. On occasion injectable anti-inflammatory medication can be utilized. For severe hip arthritis the mainstay of treatment is total hip arthroplasty, or hip replacement, to completely remove the arthritis.

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