Inflammatory arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissues. There are three types of inflammatory arthritis that most often cause symptoms in the hip: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Early diagnosis and treatment can help patients maintain mobility and function by preventing severe damage to the joint.
Symptoms: Dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, knee or buttocks, often worse after sitting, increased pain and stiffness with vigorous activity, pain in joint severe enough to cause a limp or make walking difficult.
Treatment Options: Although there is no cure for inflammatory arthritis, there have been many advances in treatment, particularly in the development of new disease-modifying medications. Additional treatments include injections, physical therapy, assistive devices, and possibly hip replacement.