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Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease where the body can attack the joints, causing inflammation. While rheumatoid arthritis usually begins in the smaller joints, like the hands, it can move to the larger joints, like the hips. Rheumatoid arthritis in the hip joints can cause pain and mobility difficulties, as well as degenerative damage. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we offer advanced treatment for hip rheumatoid arthritis at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, and there is not a cure. Genetics, hormonal issues and lifestyle may increase the risk for obtaining this disease, but it can strike anyone at any age. Hip rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs in later stages of this disease as larger joints like the knees, shoulders and hips are affected.

Symptoms of Hip Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inflammation in the hip joint can limit mobility and cause pain. Ongoing inflammation can also cause damage to the hip joint, increasing degeneration of the cartilage. Individuals with hip rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk for hip joint replacement surgery later in life as the joint deteriorates. Symptoms of hip rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Hip and groin pain
  • Joint warm to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

Treatment for hip rheumatoid arthritis includes using disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) that address the autoimmune aspect of this type of arthritis. In addition, interventional treatments, like anti-inflammatory medications or injections, can be used to control inflammation and pain. Physical therapy and exercise are also important treatment elements to manage rheumatoid arthritis and maintain mobility.

If you suffer from hip rheumatoid arthritis, treatment is available at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA. Contact our medical center in Beverly Hills to schedule an appointment with our hip specialist, Dr. Farzin Kabaei, to discuss RA treatment options or hip joint replacement.

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