Hip Pain


At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, we offer the most advanced care and treatment for hip conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. One of our top priorities is to educate you on the details of your condition, addressing all questions and concerns you have. We promise to advise you and your family on a treatment plan that includes the most effective approaches and a variety of procedures that benefit you with faster recovery times, better pain management, and more precise surgery, if necessary.

Not all orthopaedic specialists are trained to manage and treat infected total joints. At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, our orthopaedic surgeons appropriately manage and aggressively treat infections. This often times requires removal of the total joint implant and a course of antibiotics followed by revision joint replacement. While this is unfortunate, it is critical for removing the bacteria from your system and maximizing your overall health and outcome.

Arthritis of the Hip

Arthritis is an inflammation of the tissues that cushion the joints where your bones meet. This inflammation can cause pain, swelling, and joint damage. Your hip joints are especially vulnerable to arthritis, which includes:

The natural aging process can wear away at the cartilage between the bones at joints, causing inflammation and pain. It commonly affects hips.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis
This form of osteoarthritis develops after you experience an injury to the hip. It can develop years after your injury occurs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
This immune system dysfunction attacks and wears away at the cartilage lining between the bones in your joints. You generally experience rheumatoid arthritis on both sides of your body, so it would affect both hips. 

Advanced osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the hip can make it difficult to walk and perform many other basic daily activities. Hip replacement surgery can provide relief from arthritis symptoms, and the expert orthopaedic hip replacement surgeons at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center offer a wide range of advanced treatment and surgical options for all types of advanced hip arthritis.

General Symptoms

  • Stiffness in the hip area, including the thighs and groin
  • Pain in the hip area
  • Difficulty moving the hip in different directions
  • Difficulty walking

Common Causes of Hip Pain

Over time, cartilage in the hip can wear away or become damaged, causing the bones to rub and grind together. This causes much of the pain and stiffness patients feel. Although people frequently associate joint pain with an injury or fracture to the hip, other common causes of a damaged hip include:

  • Breakdown of the joint's cartilage (osteoarthritis)
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Decay of the bone from long-term use of alcohol or steroids (necrosis)
  • Hip abductor/gluteus medius
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip tears
  • Inflamed and stiff cartilages (rheumatoid arthritis or gout)
  • Labral tears
  • Loose bodies in the joint
  • Snapping hip

Many hip problems can be managed with physical therapy and rehabilitation; however, depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the problem or hip replacement surgery.

Our teams of medical specialists—including physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, sports physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers—are dedicated to helping you reach or return to your desired level of activity, as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedics specialist, call 301-774-8958 or schedule an appointment online below. 

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Meet Our Hip Specialist

  • Dr. James Ryan Macdonell is a board eligible orthopaedic surgeon who practices general orthopaedics with a focus on hip and knee replacement.