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4 Hip Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

The femoral head and acetabulum join to form the hip joint. The head of the femur and the lining of the acetabulum are covered in smooth articular cartilage. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to wear away resulting in exposed bone which results in pain and decreased range of motion as the most common presenting symptoms.

At Mahwah Valley Orthopedic Associates, we are experts in diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis of the hip. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is formulated. Common nonsurgical treatment options included in a customized treatment plan are:

  1. Anti-inflammatory medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) block the production of inflammatory enzymes. NSAIDs come in over-the-counter and prescription strengths and they are available in oral and topical forms. Oral NSAIDs are usually prescribed for hip osteoarthritis as NSAIDs may relieve symptoms in a matter of days, especially when they are combined with other treatment options.
  2. Physical therapy. The hip and leg muscles tend to lose strength and flexibility as we age. This can make the symptoms of osteoarthritis worse and, in some cases, it can make it difficult for patients to perform their activities of daily living. Physical therapy helps to improve strength and flexibility. An Orthopedic Specialist and a Physical Therapist collaborate to create a customized physical therapy plan for your particular problem. If the patient’s weakness is improved, pain may decrease thus improving your quality of life.
  3. Activity modification. In many cases, certain movements and activities trigger hip osteoarthritis symptoms. Activity modification has two parts. First, our Orthopedic Specialist and the patient identify the movements and activities that cause pain. Next, a plan is created to modify these activities to diminish the level of pain. Surgery may be recommended to treat hip osteoarthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
  4. A total hip replacement replaces the head of the femur and part of the hip socket with metal and plastic components and thus removes the source of hip arthritis pain. This results in a decrease of symptoms and may thus improve the quality of your life. Physical therapy is also an integral part of a successful recovery process.

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Dr. Alexander is Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained and will accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe a customized treatment plan to help you start feeling better as soon as possible. To schedule your appointment, please contact our office today!
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