Hip Arthtritis


What is Arthritis?

Many of our patients come to our offices to seek pain management treatments for arthritis. There are several types of arthritis, but each of them involves inflammation or pain in one or more of the joints. Some of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 


Hip Arthritis  

Hip Arthritis is a quite common cause of hip pain. Osteoarthritis usually begins in an isolated joint such as the hip. 


Symptoms of Hip Arthritis 

Depending on the type of arthritis, there are many kinds of symptoms of hip arthritis. Some of the most common include: 


Causes of Hip Arthritis 

Any kind of trauma from a previous injury may cause arthritis. Other factors such as diabetes have been shown to heighten the symptoms of arthritis. 


Signs You Need to See a Doctor 

A common rule our doctors live by is this: If you are unable to perform your daily tasks while working, exercising or “simple” things such as taking out the trash, it is time to consult an orthopedic doctor. We recommend trying to rest the hip joint by limiting your exercise. Other conservative pain management treatments include taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and icing the effected area.  

Once those conservative treatments are no longer helping, our orthopedic surgeons will recommend a treatment plan that best suits your injury and needs. They will always try non-invasive procedures (such as physical therapy) before recommending surgery.  


What Kind of Doctor do You See for Hip Arthritis? 

Seeing an orthopedic surgeon is the best thing to do. Their expertise in soft tissue work makes them the ideal medical provider for this disease. Having a specialized orthopedic surgeon in the specific body part you are experiencing pain will be even better than not. 


How do you Treat Hip Arthritis? 

Our doctors will perform imaging to determine how aggressive the arthritis has become and for a treatment plan from there. If your arthritis is in the beginning stages, they will start with physical therapy or injections. If your arthritis is wearing down the cartilage (or there is none left) a hip replacement may be the most appropriate option.  


What to Know About Hip Replacements 

A hip replacement will completely rid and cure arthritis in the hip. Once the arthritis is gone, it will not come back, which is great news for your hip pain! Our hip surgeons perform two different kinds of hip replacements: the posterior approach and the anterior approach. You can learn more about those two different surgeries here 


Recovery from Hip Replacements 

Hip replacements typically take a year to fully recover, however, you can expect to be back to work within 6-8 weeks. This recovery time highly depends on the type of labor performed during work. Other things can affect recovery time as well. It is important to go to physical therapy and perform all the exercises give to you by your physical therapist, including the at home exercises. Taking all medication, icing the joint, resting, and maintain a healthy diet after surgery will help your recovery time. Never hesitate to ask your orthopedic surgeon questions after surgery. 


Hip Arthritis Testimonials 

Mark Elliot, Athletic Director at Lipscomb University 



Mark Elliot saw Dr. Brian Dierckman for a hip replacement in July 2019. One year later, he hiked 8 miles roundtrip to Observation Point in Zion National Park! Mark had no pain and hiked around that amount every day of his trip. He describes his experience with Dr. Dieckman as professional, compassionate and successful. 


Book an Appointment with the Best Hip Replacement Specialist in Nashville 

If you are experiencing hip arthritis or hip pain, you may need to see a hip doctor. Our hip doctors, Dr. Gregory Raab or Dr. Brian Dierckman, specialize in the hip. You can book an appointment at a location nearest to you by calling us or booking online.   

Cassie Whittaker Cassie is the Communications Coordinator for Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. She has been writing and reviewing medical content since 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-whittaker-802a3b173

You Might Also Enjoy...

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor vs. Podiatrist

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor vs. Podiatrist

When you have a problem with your foot or ankle that requires medical attention, who do you see for treatment — an orthopedist or a podiatrist? Many people think a podiatrist is the same as an orthopedist, but there are several significant differences betw
Orthopedic Surgeon Completing Arthroscopic Procedure

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions in the knee, shoulder, elbow, back, hand, foot, and more. Learn more about orthopedic surgery and how you can find the best doctor near you. Elite has 12 highly skilled orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN.
Pictured: Back doctor giving diagnosis

The Back Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a back doctor in Nashville, TN? Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons include some of the best spine specialists near you. Learn about symptoms and prevention of back pain and back conditions.
Hand Pain May Lead You to a Hand Doctor

The Hand Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a hand doctor in Nashville, TN? Our award-winning orthopedic surgeons include some of the best hand specialists near you. Check out this guide to see if you could live a lower pain lifestyle.