Hip Arthritis Treatment

The goal of treatment for arthritis of the hip is to control the pain and improve your ability to get around. Our doctors work carefully with you to create a personalized treatment plan. We will discuss all of your treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. 

Arthritis of the Hip Treatment in Burlington, VT

There are a number of treatment options for hip arthritis. Your specific course of treatment depends on the severity of the arthritis and its effect on your quality of life.

Treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Surgery 

Lifestyle changes for Arthritis of the Hip

Sometimes rest and weight loss may be the only type of treatment you need. Certain lifestyle changes may take the stress off the joint and relieve your pain. Changes include:

  • Rest
  • Pain relief techniques
  • Weight loss and exercise
  • Using a cane to take the pressure off the hip

Medication for Arthritis of the Hip

If nondrug pain relief techniques do not bring you sufficient relief, we may prescribe a medication regimen. Medication options range from acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®) to prescription pain medication.

Surgery for Arthritis of the Hip

You may find that nonsurgical treatment methods did not relieve your pain or improve your ability to get around. Your doctor may recommend surgery. University of Vermont Medical Group providers have years of experience performing even the most complex hip surgery. Two types of surgical procedures we perform for hip arthritis include:

  • Hip replacement surgery - The hip joint works like a ball-and-socket. During this procedure, we replace the “ball” with a metal ball and reinforce the socket with a lining.
  • Hip resurfacing - Instead of removing the ball of the hip socket, your surgeon covers the ball with a metal cap. We remove the surface of the diseased hip joint and replace it with metal. We may recommend this procedure if we want to delay total hip replacement.

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