Arthritis causes most chronic hip pain and disability. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, with tissue that cushions and allows the ball and socket to move freely. Wear and tear and repetitive motion can cause inflammation and break-down within that tissue, which can be a cause of arthritis of the hip.
Hip Bursitis is also a common cause of hip pain. There is a large cushion, called a bursa, covering and cushioning the point of the hip, which is an important attachment point for muscles that allow the hip joint to move. The bursa can become irritated or inflamed, causing pain that can radiate into the groin area. When this occurs, the condition is called “ hip bursitis “.
Hip Replacement may be recommended by your doctor when pain and stiffness limit your daily actvities, and anti-inflammatory medications and gait aids (such as canes or walkers) cease to be effective. Relieving pain and improving mobility is your doctor’s primary concern. Although many patients who undergo hip replacement surgery are age 60 to 80, orthopedic surgeons evaluate patients individually, and their recommendations won’t just be based on age. Activities of daily life generally improve significantly after hip replacement.