Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that can affect the hip. Specifically, special types of white blood cell that are usually involved in fighting off infection can attack the lining of the hip joint. This leads to inflammation of the hip joint and results in destruction of the cartilage that covers the bone. In severe cases, the joint can became stiff and painful.

Fortunately, new medications have dramatically reduced the pain and progression of many forms of rheumatoid arthritis. These medications are usually prescribed by a Rheumatologist.

Even if the medications fail, total hip replacement can offer dramatic improvements in pain, function, and quality of life.

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