What Are the Symptoms of Arthritic Hip Problems?

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Symptoms of osteaoathritis of the hip include joint stiffness that occurs as one gets out of the bed; swelling, pain or tenderness in the hip joint; a feeling or sound of bone rubbing against bone; and the inability to move the hip to perform routine activities like putting on socks, explains WebMD. Osteoarthritis is the most-common form of arthritis in the hip and damages cartilage over time, typically causing painful symptoms, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Another form of arthritis of the hip is inflammatory arthritis, which includes rheumatoid arthritis, as reported by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It occurs when the immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissues. Its symptoms include a dull, aching pain in the buttocks; knee or outer thigh; pain that worsens in the morning or after resting or sitting for some time, but lessens with activity; increased stiffness and pain with vigorous activity; and pain in the joint that is severe enough to cause a limp or walking difficulty.

There is no single test that diagnoses osteoarthritis of the hip condition; however, it is diagnosed by an abnormal X-ray that shows characteristic features like spurring of joint margins and narrowing of the joint, says WebMD. The doctor takes a medical history and performs a physical examination, which includes checking how the hip functions and if there is loss of motion.