What is the treatment for hip arthritis?
Non-surgical therapies are often the first line of treatment for patients in the early stages of hip osteoarthritis. Weight loss is highly encouraged to prevent the hip from bearing unnecessary stress. Modifying daily and physical activities can slow the progression of osteoarthritis in the hip joint. A combination of rest, ice, a hip brace, and physical therapy are encouraged to control any symptoms. Oral medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), and/or corticosteroid injections are beneficial for managing pain and inflammation. Joint preservation techniques utilizing the patient’s own stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be injected into the injury site to help reduce the pain.
Patients who experience more severe osteoarthritis symptoms may be good candidates for surgical intervention. Dr. Patel can restore the hip joint and alleviate these symptoms by implementing one of two minimally invasive surgical methods. Based on the patient’s specific circumstances, Dr. Patel may combine these surgical techniques to provide the best recovery outcome.
- Hip Arthroscopy: A hip arthroscopy utilizes a small camera (arthroscope) and specialized surgical instruments to remove any damaged tissue fragments and repair the hip labrum. This surgical technique can delay a total hip replacement when performed in the early stages of osteoarthritis.
- Subchondroplasty: A subchondroplasty repairs subchondral lesions of the acetabulum by injecting a bone substitute material. Over time, this material is substituted with healthy bone that provides structural support to the hip joint.