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Arthritis

Overview
Arthritis literally means "inflammation of a joint." The three most common types of inflammatory arthritis that affect the hip are:

Causes
Degeneration (wear and tear)
Damage to ligaments surrounding the hip joint
Aging
Osteoarthritis

Symptoms
Dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks
Pain that is worse in the morning and lessens with mild activity but increases with vigorous activity
Limited movement
Difficulty walking

Diagnosis
Physical examination and medical history consultation
X-rays
Lab tests

Treatment
Anti-inflammatory medications
Corticosteroids
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
Physical therapy
Assistive devices
Surgery

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00396

 

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