Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis occurs due to inflammation of one or more joints. Some of the most common symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling and stiffness. There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis but the two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis associated with the hips. When a patient has Osteoarthritis their joints get injured or inflamed and their cartilage begins breaking down over time. The cartilage in the hip absorbs the shock that comes from every day activity such as walking and running. As time goes on the joints become more broken down and the pain gets worse.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis but it can be found at much younger ages and takes much less time to develop. Patients with Rheumatoid arthritis experience swelling in the synovium (thin lining of the hip joint) that leads to the creation of chemical substances that attack the cartilage. It is Rheumatoid arthritis in both hips simultaneously.