Treatments for Hip Arthritis

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:

  • Analgesics, which dull pain associated with many types of arthritis
  • Biologic response modifiers, which reduce inflammation and may be used to treat ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which also reduce inflammation and are useful for many different types of hip arthritis pain
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, which slow the progression of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis

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: 

  • Arthroscopy, which can correct labral tears that may accompany osteoarthritis
  • Hip resurfacing, in which a damaged hip bone, the femoral head, is capped with a metal covering while damaged cartilage is completely removed and replaced with a metal shell
  • Total hip replacement, in which both an arthritic hip bone and the surrounding cartilage are completely replaced with a new joint made from metal or synthetic materials
  • Osteotomy, during which a damaged hip joint is reshaped and repositioned in order to shift weight away from damaged cartilage
Arthroscopy and hip resurfacing surgeries are minimally invasive procedures used to treat less advanced cases of arthritis. Osteotomies and total hip replacements are major surgeries used to repair severe joint damage.

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.