Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip

Overview

This is a type of arthritis that can affect people of all ages. It’s not the same as the most common form of arthritis, called “osteoarthritis.” That type commonly comes from wear and tear. Inflammatory arthritis can develop without any wear and tear at all.

Causes

There are a few kinds of inflammatory arthritis. We don’t always understand what causes them, but they are linked to problems with your immune system. Your body begins to attack your healthy tissues. In the hip joint, this can cause the breakdown of cartilage. That’s the tough, smooth tissue that lines the ends of your bones. When it breaks down, your bones begin to rub directly against each other.

Symptoms

Inflammatory arthritis can affect your whole body. You may have fever, you may lose your appetite, and you may feel tired. And, it can make your hip feel stiff and painful. You may feel a dull ache in your groin or your outer thigh. You may feel it in your buttock or your knee. Your pain may hurt more in the morning, and then feel better as you begin moving around. But it may hurt more with vigorous activity. Your pain can cause you to limp.

Treatment

Inflammatory arthritis is commonly treated with medications. You may benefit from a walking aid, such as a cane or a walker. Physical therapy may help, too. If those aren’t helpful, you may benefit from surgery.