Hip Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms and Effective Treatment Options

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Does your hip feel stiff and sore when you rise from your bed? Does your groin, thigh or buttock hurt, especially when you do too much or too little? After prolonged sitting, is standing an achy effort? You could have hip arthritis.

See, your hip arthritis pain location may not be where you imagine. It is a common misconception that those dimples at the base of your back are your hips. They are not. These joints are called your sacroiliac joints, or your SI’s, and are where your pelvis and your sacrum meet. Your hips lie deeper.

Your hip is where your thigh bone, called your femur, and your pelvis connect. If you trace your femur upward and into your body, you’re getting close. It’s the place where your leg pivots from your pelvis. That’s why arthritis hip pain hurts where it does. More on this in a moment, but first…

The literal meaning of arthritis is “inflammation of the joint”. The term, however, covers a range of disease processes.

As the Arthritis Foundation notes, arthritis can be inflammatory, infectious, metabolic or degenerative. The latter being the kind that normally springs to mind when we hear this word. Regardless of the cause, the hip arthritis pain location tends to be in the groin or the buttocks.

No matter what type of arthritis you could have, the first step of treatment is understanding the causes and symptoms. Please read on to learn more about the types of arthritis that could be causing your hip pain and what treatment options are available.

Types of Arthritis in the Hip

There are over 100 types of arthritis, however, the term “arthritis” is simply the general term for conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. When you add age, weight, and lifestyle factors into play; you’ve got the recipe for amplified pain. But luckily, the most common forms of arthritis are a bit easier to manage than progressive and autoimmune diseases.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, which affects approximately 27 million Americans aloneparticularly seniors over 60. It can be caused by wear and tear over time as the body repeats tasks that take its toll on the body or occur as a natural part of aging.

OA is a degenerative joint disease that wears down the cartilage in joints. And hips tend to be one of the most common targets.

With OA, it can be difficult to walk or even perform a standing task as the body loses its ability to absorb shock. The pain may be accompanied by stiffness, a limited range of motion, and/or a grating sound as the bones rub together. Likewise, some people report inflammation and a warm sensation, but these symptoms are not as common.

If the pain is minor or if the patient is concerned about unwanted side-effects from oral medications, it may be first treated with topical creams and ointments to help temporarily ease the symptoms. A bit of research will help you determine the best pain relief cream for your needs. Medical doctors will often suggest physical therapy or occupational therapy as well.

If the pain becomes more intense or chronic, acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be desirable. Interestingly, Cymbalta, an anti-depressant, has also been approved as a viable treatment option. If these interventions do not offer relief, cortisone or lubricant injections may help alleviate the symptoms.

When all else fails, surgery is the last plan of action. Age, health status, and severity of pain all impact this important decision.

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Inflammatory arthritis

Our immune system is an incredible hustle and bustle of constant activity, protecting us from invading organisms. Yet, sometimes, it mistakes the body’s own tissues as foreign, leading to an immune-generated attack on the self. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are forms of inflammatory arthritis that can each lead to arthritis hip pain.

Inflammatory arthritis may be accompanied by systemic symptoms like fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. When it involves the hip, a dull ache can settle in the buttock, groin, knee, or thigh. Pain and dysfunction can lead to a limp and difficulty walking. Too much or too little activity can trigger heightened stiffness and discomfort.

Common treatments depend on the type of inflammatory arthritis and its stage. Pharmaceutical agents like NSAIDs can assist in RA and AS, whereas disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are more effective in RA. Each of these three medication classes may help psoriatic arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine is a cornerstone of SLE therapy.

[Please note: CBDMEDIC™ products are designed for minor arthritis only, not for autoimmune, progressive, or chronic conditions. This section is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your primary care physician or specialist before attempting to handle your symptoms on your own.]

Infectious arthritis

As the name suggests, infectious arthritis — also called septic arthritis — occurs when an infection takes root in a joint. The infectious agent normally seeds from an infection elsewhere in the body, though it can be introduced through a puncture wound or surgery.

Bacteria are the typical culprit, followed by viruses, and lastly fungi. As the authors of the article, Acute Septic Arthritis, said, “Virtually every bacterial organism has been reported to cause septic arthritis.” It is crucial that the exact causative agent is quickly identified as certain bugs bring with them an increased risk of damage and death. Prompt and targeted treatment is essential.

Infectious arthritis hip pain usually has a recent, painful onset. As the immune system mounts an enthusiastic local response, joint swelling and heat are triggered. Decreased range of motion, an aversion to weight-bearing, and fever and malaise are accompanying symptoms.

Treatment of infectious arthritis depends on the causative agent. Sudden onset, non-gonococcal septic arthritis, where the infection is not caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is considered a medical emergency. As the authors of the above study note, “Rapid and aggressive antimicrobial therapy, and surgical treatment are critical to ensuring a good prognosis.”

However, if this bug is not the culprit, antimicrobial therapy alone is often sufficient for resolution.

[Please note: CBDMEDIC™ products are designed for minor arthritis only, not for autoimmune, progressive, or chronic conditions. This section is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your primary care physician or specialist before attempting to handle your symptoms on your own.]

Metabolic arthritis or gout

You might know metabolic arthritis as gout. This root cause of this condition is excess uric acid. After accumulating in the bloodstream, it exits to form and deposit tiny spike-like crystals in the joints or soft tissues. The immune system sees these as foreign and reacts, leading to heat, pain, extreme tenderness, redness, and swelling. While the most common site affected is the big toe, arthritis hip pain can result from gout.

Medical treatment for metabolic arthritis is most commonly two-pronged: NSAIDs, corticosteroids, or colchicine for acute flare-ups, and febuxostat and allopurinol to prevent a recurrence.

[Please note: CBDMEDIC™ products are designed for minor arthritis only, not for autoimmune, progressive, or chronic conditions. This section is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your primary care physician or specialist before attempting to handle your symptoms on your own.]

Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative arthritis, often called “wear and tear arthritis”, is the most common form of hip arthritis. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that it affects approximately 7.4% of people between the ages of 60 to 90, although it can strike earlier. This condition can be mild, moderate, or severe.

The degenerative process includes a raft of pathological changes: the protective joint cartilage is slowly worn away, the bone under the cartilage thickens, bone spurs grow, surrounding ligaments become damaged, and inflammation causes swelling and pain.

[Please note: CBDMEDIC™ products are designed for minor arthritis only, not for autoimmune or progressive chronic conditions. This section is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your primary care physician or specialist before attempting to handle your symptoms on your own.]

Natural Approaches to Arthritis Hip Pain

While prescription and over-the-counter medications inform mainstream advice, those listed above can come with unwanted side effects. In our article, Medicine for Arthritis Pain: Conventional vs. Natural Medication, we discuss these, plus seven supplements that support joint health. Needless to say, it’s important to understand what natural options can work in conjunction with, or aside from, conventional pharmaceutical agents.

Exercises

Maintaining motion is key to healthy joints. When you have hip arthritis, it’s important to find activities that encourage movement, without flaring up the pain. Many enjoy walking, especially in water, stationary cycling, and gentle forms of exercise like yoga and Tai Chi.

Strengthening the muscles and stretching the soft tissue around the joint also helps. You can try hip extensor exercises to help with this.

Use a cane

A walking cane can ease the physical load and lessen hip pain. Always use on the side opposite to your involved hip.

Effective naturally-derived topical products

Naturally-oriented pain relief from minor osteoarthritis comes in various effective forms, including topical analgesic OTC products. Proven topicals can help relieve minor pain and help limit the unwanted side effects associated with oral pharmaceutical agents. By delivering naturally-derived analgesics like camphor and menthol directly to the afflicted area, your arthritis hip pain may be temporarily reduced. These products can be carried for immediate and timely application when you need them most.

Additionally, a recent survey conducted by the Arthritis Foundation found that 80% of arthritis patients use CBD products in hopes to find a more natural alternative to conventional medications.

CBDMEDIC™’s Arthritis Aches and Pain Relief Ointment is one of our most popular products for arthritis hip pain. As William J. put it in two words, “IT WORKS!

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