Hip osteoarthritis is a condition caused by the wearing away of the smooth, protective layer between the femur and the pelvis in the hip joint. This can occur due to overuse, age, or an acute hip injury. If you’re experiencing a dull ache and stiffness around this area of your body in the morning, you may be suffering from hip osteoarthritis or arthritis. For most people, the pain tends to lessen throughout the day with gentle activity, but more vigorous activities can make the pain worse.
Hip arthritis symptoms may include pain in the outer thigh, groin, and buttocks, worsening over time. This is because, if left untreated, the protective layer betweenyour joints will continue to wear away, making your hip pain more severe and regular until treated.
Your doctor may recommend medications to help manage the pain associated with arthritis of the hip, but these medications may not treat the cause of the pain. Hip replacement surgery is usually the most effective method for alleviating the pain of hip arthritis.