About Hip Osteoarthritis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Hip Osteoarthritis?

The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. It is a “ball-and-socket” joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone). Hip arthritis is one of the most common causes of hip pain. Hip arthritis is inflammation of the protective cartilage of the hip joint. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of hip arthritis.

Common Causes:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetics, and injuries

Symptoms of Hip Osteoarthritis may include:

  • Groin pain
  • Thigh pain
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • A grinding sound (crepitus) when walking

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of hip specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

  • When diagnosing Hip Osteoarthritis, the OPA specialist will provide:
  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination

Multiple view x-rays

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Hip osteoarthritis cannot be cured. An early diagnosis is a key to effective treatment. A combination of treatment options decreases symptoms and prevents arthritis from becoming worse. Treatment options include:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.

Activity Modification

Limits movements that cause symptom flare-ups

Steroid & Anesthetic Injections

Quickly calms inflammation and relieves pain while other treatment options begin to work

Severe hip osteoarthritis may require surgery. A partial hip replacement and total hip replacement are commonly performed. An OPA specialist removes arthritic cartilage and bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. Physical therapy after surgery makes the hip stronger and more flexible. You will regain balance and coordination. Pain and other symptoms decrease quickly. You will return to normal everyday life with no pain.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained team of hip specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating hip osteoarthritis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hip osteoarthritis and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267


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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Michael Reyes, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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