Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis of the Hip

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. Also termed degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint. As the protective cartilage is worn away bare bone is exposed within the joint.


The symptoms of hip arthritis may include the inability to move freely without pain, joint stiffness, pain in the hip or groin, inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip, stiffness and swelling in and around the hip area.


Dr. LaReau, a top Chicago hip surgeon, performs a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your condition and conducts a complete review of your medical history. He may also choose to utilize diagnostic tools, such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition


The main goal of treating osteoarthritis of the hip is to improve your mobility and lifestyle. Reaching this goal includes improving the function of the hip through controlling pain. Dr. LaReau’s treatment plans can involve rest, use of a cane to take weight off the affected hip, loss of excess weight, exercise, over-the-counter medications to control pain, prescription medication, surgical intervention and rehabilitation.


After surgery, Dr. LaReau will prescribe pain medications, in combination with physical therapy and modifications to your home environment and routine.