What Are the Causes of Arthritic Hip Pain?


Posted on: 25 May 2020 by Thomas Cook

The hip is involved in all major bodily movements. If you have chronic or acute hip pain,

you should definitely visit a West Orange hip pain specialist.

Since hips are prone to both injury and disease, it may be difficult to know what is causing the pain. We do know that one of the main causes of hip pain is arthritis. The following are the five main arthritic causes of hip pain:


Osteoarthritis means arthritis of the bone, and is the most prevalent form of arthritis. It is often a result of degradation of the bones, which is why it is more prevalent in old people than in young people.

The hip joint consists of a ball and socket joint that joins the thigh bone and hip bone. The inside of the hip joint contains smooth cartilage that allows movement of the joint. If the cartilage is eroded, the two bones painfully grind against each other causing significant pain. If not remedied, the joint will be permanently damaged.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects your entire body, including your hip. The pain you feel when you have rheumatoid arthritis is because of an immune response, not because of wear and tear as is the case with osteoarthritis.

The hip joint is protected by a capsule that completely surrounds it; like all other joints. The capsule is filled with a lubricating joint fluid that allows for smooth movement in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when the lining of the capsule swells, causing excruciating pain. With time, the bone and cartilage of the joint will also be affected which is very painful.

Rheumatoid arthritis is very dangerous as it affects both hip bones simultaneously, unlike osteoarthritis. Weakness and fatigue are symptomatic of the condition.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is chronic inflammation of the joint where the spine meets the pelvis (sacroiliac joint). Sometimes this leads to inflammation of the hip joint.

Ankylosing spondylitis can affect people of all ages but typically starts between the age of 17 and 35. It is also more common in women than men. 

It is difficult to diagnose this kind of arthritis as it is often experienced in painful flares, followed by periods of mild or no present symptoms.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is a form of arthritis which can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness of any joint in the body including the hip joint. The condition is closely related to the skin condition known as Psoriasis.

The vast majority of those with Psoriatic Arthritis develop Psoriasis first with symptoms including red, scaly patches of skin. However, vice versa has been known to happen occasionally.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Commonly known as Lupus, it is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect any part of the body which also includes the hip joint. If you have lupus, your body mistakenly sends white blood cells to attack healthy tissues.

If it affects the hip joint, it can lead to inflammation and permanent damage if not remedied. Lupus is very common in women aged 15 to 35.

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