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About your hips

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket type joint where the thigh bone (femur) meets the bones that make up the pelvis, include the ilium, ischium, and pubis. The ball-shaped knob of the thighbone fits into a socket in the hipbone.

In order for the bones to move against each other without pain, a white cartilage about ¼ an inch thick is kept slippery by fluid. The cartilage also serves as a “shock absorber” and changes shape when compressed. The bones are held together by large ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the hip joint, called the joint capsule.

When working properly, your hip joint provides a full range of motion in your legs, allowing you to walk, run and crouch, among other physical activities.

The hip joint is built to withstand large amounts of wear and tear over a lifetime of activity, but can be susceptible to sudden and chronic injuries. These injuries can cause severe pain, and proper medical treatment is often necessary for recovery.

Common symptoms of hip arthritis

There are many types of arthritis that can present in the hip. Some types of arthritis present in multiple joints in the body, while others present in one or both hips. Among adults over 65, 50% have some form of arthritis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Regardless of the type of arthritis, symptoms include:

  • Pain in the hip joint, potentially including the groin, outer thigh or buttocks
  • Hip pain that is typically worst in the morning and lessens with light activity
  • Hip pain that worsens with extended or vigorous activity
  • Grating sensations accompanying joint movements
  • Difficulty walking, stiffness in the hip and limited range of motion
  • Tenderness or swelling around the hip joint

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus may also suffer from fatigue or weakness. Some patients experience periods of flares and remissions, while others experience a relatively constant level of hip pain.

To be certain you’re experiencing hip arthritis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik, one of only 1% of NYC hip surgeons experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of hip conditions.

 Commonly treated hip conditions

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, many of which present in the hip. However, the most common types commonly affecting the hip include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

Hip arthritis treatment options

While there is no cure for inflammatory arthritis, a number of nonsurgical, lifestyle modifications, and surgical treatment options can improve hip arthritis conditions.

Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to the patient. To determine the best treatment option for the patient, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Nonsurgical treatment options for hip pain include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids (injections that block inflammation)
  • Lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight loss, diet, and physical therapy

Surgical hip surgery treatment options include:

Are you experiencing hip arthritis?

Hip surgeon Dr. Jonathan M. Vigdorchik is here to help you with your hip arthritis. With a non-operative priority, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a track record of positive outcomes both performing and teaching other hip surgeons at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery you can trust Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and positive outcome for your hip arthritis.

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If your hip arthritis is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik and have someone drive you to our office.

  • Pain in the hip joint, groin, thigh or buttocks
  • Hip pain that worsens with extended or vigorous activity
  • Grating sensations accompanying joint movements
  • Tenderness or swelling around the hip joint
  • Difficulty walking, stiffness in the hip or limited range of motion