Arthritis of the hip is a disease that wears away the cartilage in the hip joint. Cartilage is a tough yet flexible connective
Hip Arthritis Care at UVM Medical Center
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Hip Arthritis Diagnosis
Your doctor will begin the diagnosis by asking you about your symptoms and your medical and family history. We will also perform a thorough physical examination to determine how well your hip moves. Make sure to describe your symptoms thoroughly. Your doctor may want to know:
- When the pain started
- What movements make it worse
- How the pain affects your daily functioning
- If you experience pain at night
Other diagnostic procedures include:
- Laboratory tests
- Imaging tests
Imaging procedures provide us with a detailed picture of the inside of your body and help us determine if the problem is arthritis or if another condition is causing the pain. Imaging tests include:
- X-ray shows us the condition of the bone.
- Computed tomography (CT) scan is helpful if your hip joint has an unusual shape.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can provide detailed images of the muscles and tendons around the hip.
Treatments for Hip Arthritis
Once we obtain an accurate diagnosis, we will create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment that is right for you will depend upon your exact diagnosis. At The UVM Medical Center, we use specialized techniques to diagnose arthritis. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery.
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Please note: Some of the doctors and specialists listed below may not treat this specific condition.