Hip pain is a general term for individuals experiencing pain in or around the hip joint. Discomfort in this region is generally a result of arthritis or joint swelling. In some other cases, the hip can be in pain do to inflammation and swelling caused from a number of regions.

Arthritis can lead to a number of physical ailments and debilitating health issues. The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis can be caused by age-related wearing down of the cartilage that surrounds the joints while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the body’s over-active immune system attacking the joints. This form of arthritis may eventually destroy joint cartilage and bones.

Often times, there are non surgical ways to manage arthritis but in some cases it is quite necessary. To learn more about arthritis and other issues, contact Dr. Nicholas Mast today located at the Saint Francisco Orthopedic Institute in San Francisco.