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Hip Arthritis Specialist

Alan Dayan, MD, PC, FAAOS

NYU Orthopedic Surgeon in Brooklyn, New York & Staten Island, NY

If you’re one of the 31 million Americans with osteoarthritis — a degenerative joint condition — you know what it’s like to feel joint pain. Alan J. Dayan, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Brooklyn, New York, understands that when osteoarthritis settles in your hip, it can prevent you from participating in activities you enjoy or simply walking comfortably. When hip arthritis pain becomes a daily problem, consult Dr. Dayan to learn about hip replacements and other effective treatments. Call his Brooklyn office or request the next available time using the online system.

Hip Arthritis Q & A

What causes hip arthritis?

Many different types of arthritis can affect your hip joint, but the most common reason for hip arthritis is a degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis typically affects knee and hip joints as you get older. As a result of wear and tear, the cartilage around your hip joint wears away, leaving the bones exposed.

Cartilage acts as a cushion around your joint, so when it’s worn down, you feel pain as the bones in your hip joint rub together. You may develop hip arthritis if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of osteoarthritis
  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Hip injuries
  • Hip joint developmental conditions present from birth

Or you may just find that as you get older, your joints slowly develop the signs of osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms associated with hip arthritis?

It may take years to develop, but eventually, you begin feeling discomfort and stiffness in your thigh, groin, or buttocks when you walk. You may also experience pain flare-ups in one hip when you’re more active. When you rest your hip, the pain usually subsides.

Other symptoms of hip arthritis include:

  • Loss of flexibility, decreased range of motion
  • Swelling in your hip
  • Warmth around the affected joint
  • Locking of the hip joint when you walk
  • Grinding noise in the joint when you move

Your hip may even feel exceptionally achy or painful with changes in the weather.

What are my treatment options for hip pain and arthritis?

Since hip arthritis is a slowly progressing disease, you may be able to manage the pain with lifestyle modifications at first. For example, Dr. Dayan may recommend avoiding activities that aggravate your hip, such as high-impact activities like jogging. Instead, opt for low-impact exercises like swimming that put less stress on your joint to help alleviate pain. Physical therapy and losing weight may help as well.

If nonsurgical treatments don’t relieve your pain or if your hip osteoarthritis has progressed, Dr. Dayan may recommend hip replacement surgery. Dr. Dayan offers state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgeries, including total hip replacements, and conversion of prior hip surgery to patients in Brooklyn and the surrounding communities.

You don’t have to suffer from hip pain and arthritis indefinitely. Find out more about nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments by calling the office or scheduling the next available appointment time using the online booking system.