The most common symptoms of hip arthritis are pain, which may be felt in the groin, buttock or along the thigh to the knee, and stiffness.

Conservative (or nonoperative) treatment options for hip arthritis include:
  • activity modification (eg: swim or cycle as opposed to jogging)
  • pain relieving medications and hip injections
  • exercise and physical therapy
  • weight loss
Total hip replacement surgery is considered when severe pain and stiffness:
  • impede mobility
  • interferes with quality of life and sleep
  • interferes with activities of daily living
  • interferes with work and social life
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an excellent source of patient information on hip replacement. Here are some relevant topics:

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