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Arthritis of the hip is a disease that wears away the cartilage in the hip joint. Cartilage is a tough yet flexible connective tissues found in many areas of our bodies, including the joints.

Arthritis of the Hip: What You Need to Know


Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent arthritis of the hip. In addition, exercise is important as it strengthens the muscles around the joint. This can prevent wear and tear on the hip joint.


The University of Vermont Medical Center doctors use a collaborative approach to treating arthritis of the hip. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.


We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating arthritis, including the latest advances in imaging scans and complex orthopedic surgery.

Personalized care

The UVM Medical Center doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment usually depends the severity of your arthritis.

Experience, trusted expertise

At The UVM Medical Center, our orthopedic specialists have years of experience diagnosing and treating arthritis of the hip. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.

What is arthritis of the hip?

The term "arthritis" means joint inflammation. There are different types of arthritis:


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is also called "wear and tear" arthritis, because the condition develops over many years. It is a slowly progressive, degenerative disease, which occurs when inflammation or injury to the joint causes the cartilage to break down. The breakdown leads to pain and swelling in the joint. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in patients who are 50 years of age or older.

Risk factors include

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Previous injuries or disorders

Visit our Health Library to learn more about osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when joint lining becomes inflamed due to systemic disease. This can lead to severe deterioration of multiple joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's own immune system is attacking healthy cells and tissues. Doctors do not know what causes the disease, though they believe genetic factors play a role. Rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs when people reach middle age, though it can develop earlier. It is more common among women.

Visit our Health Library to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.

Post-traumatic arthritis

This type of arthritis occurs after an injury to the hip, though it may take years to develop.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis affects some people who have psoriasis, a serious skin condition. The symptoms can range from relatively mild to severe, and they can affect any part of the body. Patients may experience periods of flare-ups alternating with periods of remission.

Risk factors include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Family history of the disease
  • Age
  • Gender

Visit our Health Library to learn more about psoriasis.

Diagnosis and Treatment: Arthritis of the Hip

If you experience symptoms of hip arthritis, including joint stiffness or pain, make an appointment with your doctor. We want to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

At UVM Medical Center, we will perform a careful diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication and surgery.

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Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Center

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Center

192 Tilley Drive
South Burlington,  Vermont  05403


Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Orthopedics - San Remo Drive

Orthopedics - San Remo Drive

6 San Remo Drive
South Burlington,  Vermont  05403


Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM