The most common symptoms of hip arthritis are pain, which may be felt in the groin, buttock or along the thigh to the knee, and stiffness.
Conservative (or nonoperative) treatment options for hip arthritis include:
Total hip replacement surgery is considered when severe pain and stiffness:
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an excellent source of patient information on hip replacement. Here are some relevant topics: