There are various treatment options available to help you manage hip arthritis pain, from lifestyle changes to anti-inflammatory medications to surgery. Learn which hip arthritis treatments might be right for you.
Treatments vary depending on the type and severity of hip arthritis as well as other factors, such as age. Doctors may suggest any one or a combination of the following treatment options:
Anti-inflammatory diet. While there’s no specific “arthritis diet,” there are certain foods that can help alleviate hip pain by reducing inflammation and pain in your joints. These foods include fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and veggies, whole grains, and olive oil. You can also lessen pain and inflammation by avoiding processed foods and reducing consumption of saturated fat.
Exercise. Strengthening exercises can help support muscles around the hips and assist in maintaining the hip’s range of motion. These exercises can also provide some pain relief as well as make it possible to delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatment techniques, such as surgery. A physical therapist can help you devise an exercise plan.
Medications. The most commonly used medications used to treat hip pain include:
Your doctor can determine which medications are best for your type and level of arthritis.
Surgery. Surgery is often necessary if lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, and medications are not enough to manage hip arthritis pain. There are four main types of hip surgery for those suffering from hip arthritis:
Learn more about hip arthritis, and the rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons at Inspira Health Network who can help treat it, on the Hip Arthritis topic page.