Osteoarthritis is a very common cause of hip pain and discomfort. There seems to be a lot of confusion about proper treatment of arthritis in the hip joint. I receive many questions from patients at my clinics about this topic. Let’s go into further detail about osteoarthritis and whether or not total hip replacement surgery is necessary. The most common questions about osteoarthritis that I receive are: 1. Why did I develop osteoarthritis? 2. How do you treat osteoarthritis?
Before any patient undergoes hip replacement surgery, I always recommend exploring every non-operative solution we have at our disposal. A few of the most popular alternatives to joint replacement surgery include pain medication (over-the-counter and prescription), physical therapy (PT), dieting or weight loss, injections, and the use of a walking aid, such as a cane or walker. Non-prescription pain medications are the perfect place to start for people dealing with hip arthri