Orthopedic Health

Hip Joint Pain and Arthritis

Written by
Dr. Mohan Krishna
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Apr 23, 2014 and last reviewed on Dec 27, 2018   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

This article gives a short description of hip joint pain due to arthritis.

Hip Joint Pain and Arthritis

The hip joint is one of the major weight-bearing joints in the body. It is subjected to repetitive high stresses during daily activities.

Anatomy:

The hip joint is formed by the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) which is ball-shaped and cup-like bone called acetabulum. The ball-shaped head of the femur fits snugly in the socket of the acetabulum. Ends of these ball and cup bones are covered with a thin elastic layer called cartilage. It aids in cushioning and provides friction-less movements of the hip joint.

The inner surface of the joint is lined with synovial tissue which produces synovial fluid this, in turn, nourishes cartilage and also aids in lubrication. The hip joint is stabilized from outside by a thick fibrous capsule, which is again reinforced by ligaments. In addition, muscles and tendons around the hip joint provide stability and mobility.

Causes of Hip Joint Pain:

A common cause of hip joint pain is arthritis. Three common forms of arthritis are

  1. Primary osteoarthritis.
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Post-traumatic arthritis.

Primary Osteoarthritis:

It is the most common form of arthritis. It is gradual wear and tear of the joints, which progresses with age. Gradually, the layer of cartilage and synovial tissue wears off from the edges of bones and joints, leaving bare bone. When the edges of bare bones rub against each other, pain settles in and further damage of bone occurs. Thus a cycle of pain and stiffness follows.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

In this condition, the body’s immune system produces substances that target and destroys synovial tissue and cartilage lining of joints. This, in turn, results in joint pains, swellings, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any age group but its more common in females.

Post-traumatic Arthritis:

If a normal hip joint gets injured due to trauma, the joint surfaces lose their smoothness and become irregular. This can cause pain, loss of motion around the hip joint, and stiffness.

Arthritis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, physiotherapy, antirheumatic drugs, and lifestyle modifications.

Last reviewed at:
27 Dec 2018  -  1 min read

RATING

15
Ask a QueryAsk a Query Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat

Tags:

Related Questions & Answers


How can arthritis be confirmed?

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly confirm if I am arthritic from the available reports.  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta
Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Could you provide me with some of your symptoms? I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your inflammation markers are very high (erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein). So, it does indicate either there is ...  Read Full »

How do I manage my rheumatoid arthritis until I wait for my specialist?

Query: Hello doctor, My primary care physician said that I may have RA. My ESR rate was 27, my CRP was 14.1 and my CCP antibody IgG was 500. What does this mean? I have heard a high CCP result could indicate more aggression in my RA, if that is what I have.  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Agarwal
Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the chances that you have RA (rheumatoid arthritis) or are developing it, are high. Anti-CCP antibodies are associated with RA and may also indicate an aggressive disease. However, there are various prognostic markers. This is only one of them. A high ESR and CRP,...  Read Full »

Can problem in the hip cause knee pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I have stiffness and pain in thighs and knees for more than a year. I cannot sit properly and stand up instantly. I am having problem in each and every activity involving legs. I have reduced mobility and flexibility of legs. My report shows AVN stage 3 of hip joint, f...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh
Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hip avascular necrosis (AVN) and hip arthritis causes pain in the affected hip and also sometimes in the knees as the same nerve which supplies the hip also supplies the knee joint. It is called as obturator nerve. This nerve supplies both the joints. So if there is ...  Read Full »

Popular Articles Most Popular Articles

Do you have a question on Hip Joint Pain or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
Enter Your Health Query
You can upload files and images in the next step.

Fee:  

 


Disclaimer: All health articles published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.