How to Diagnose and Treat Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

Q:
How to diagnose and treat osteoarthritis of the hip?

A:

Diagnosis

Your doctor may need a combination of following procedures to diagnose a hip osteoarthritis:

  • A medical history
  • Physical exam
  • X-rays

Treatment

The main goal of treating osteoarthritis of the hip is to improve the function of the hip and control pain. Treatment options may include:

  • Rest and joint care
  • Use of a cane to take weight off the affected hip
  • Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
  • Losing excess weight
  • Exercise
  • Medications, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Advil), or a prescription pain medication
  • Surgery
  • Complementary and alternative therapies

All in all, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising a lot could benefit you much.

Keywords: hip osteoarthritis diagnosis; hip osteoarthritis treatment.

 

 

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