There are multiple options for treating hip osteoarthritis. Treatments depend on the amount of pain that you are in and how severe your osteoarthritis is.
The first line of treatment often involves methods other than surgery.
Options for nonsurgical treatment include:
1). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines or acetaminophen.
2). Hip injections, which may have some limited benefit, and may also be beneficial when trying to sort out exactly where the pain is coming from (for instance, differentiating between back and knee pain). Hip injections may last for several months, but it is generally not recommended to get repetitive hip injections.
3). For some patients, use of a cane or crutches may help to unload the painful joint.
4). A stretching or physical therapy program has been advocated by some, but relief is less likely when arthritis is at an advanced stage.
If non-operative treatment fails and the hip pain persists, the best option may be a total hip replacement.