There are several kinds of arthritic conditions of the hip, including osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of hip arthritis, and autoimmune forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.  They can be extremely debilitating and can interfere with your ability to ambulate normally without some kind of assistive device.
Illustration of the arthritis of the hip joint on a white background

Here are some typical hip arthritis symptoms:

5 Hip Arthritis Symptoms

1. Stiffness of the hip joints

Usually this involves both hips at the same time and is worse when you first awaken in the morning. The best way to get rid of this symptom is to do gentle stretching exercises of the hips while still in bed, followed by walking around a bit just after getting out of bed. Motrin or Aleve upon arising can also decrease the stiff feelings you may experience in your hips.

2. Stiffness after sitting for long periods of time

This can happen if you are watching a movie for a lengthy period of time or are in a car ride for a long period of time.  The joints in the hips just stiffen up, making it difficult to move around after sitting a while.  You can take Aleve, Tylenol, or Motrin for the pain before you sit for long periods of time as this can reduce the stiffness and pain after you get up from a seated position.

3. Swelling, pain or tenderness in the joints of the hip

Usually both hip joints are affected equally. Remember that the hip joint is not located on the outside of your thighs but is instead found in the area of the groin. You can expect then to have joint tenderness, swelling, and pain more in the area of the groin rather than the outside of the thigh.  You may also feel symptoms in the buttock area as the back of the joint is found in this part of the body.  NSAID therapy, such as medications like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can reduce the pain in the hip by decreasing the inflammation in the joints.

4. Crunching sensations in the hip

You can actually here the bones rubbing against other bones in the hip joint because the cartilage that normally cushions the joint has become worn away by wear and tear on the joint.  Once the cartilage has worn away, the bone on bone sensation is audible and extremely painful, especially when walking.  There may be no other medical choice but to have one or both hip joints replace with artificial joints.  This is a big surgery to undergo but it may be necessary in order for you to be able to walk comfortably without a cane or walker.  Talk to an orthopedic surgeon about whether or not a hip replacement surgery will decrease the crunching sensations and pain in the hip joint.

5. Inability to move the hip

Even routine activities like tying your shoes or putting on your socks can be interfered with because of a lack of ability to move the hip joint.  The hips may lock if you try to bend them and you may need to have assistive devices to put on socks and tie your shoes.

If you experience these hip arthritis symptoms, seek the advice of your doctor or see an orthopedic surgeon so you can see if anything can be done to relief these symptoms.

Always consult a doctor before taking any medication.