are the symptoms of hip arthritis?
Most commonly, hip arthritis pain is described as increasing pain
in the groin and anterior (front) thigh area. This usually
begins with pain only during activities. It progresses to pain at
rest and eventually disturbs sleep at night. With longstanding arthritis
in the hip, motion in this area can be extremely limited, especially
in flexion (bending) and internal rotation. Frequently,
one limb becomes shorter than the other. Simple activities such as
tying shoes and cutting toenails become compromised with advanced
arthritis. A pronounced limp known as a Trendelenburg gait
can result in which the shoulders move towards the side of the affected
hip during weight bearing.
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