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Is long-lasting pain in your lower back and hips becoming a normal part of your life? Pain in the lower back and hips can be related to a number of conditions, so it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms to understand what may be affecting you. Often, this pain is related to osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage in your joints to wear down. It frequently affects the hips and lower back. While osteoarthritis can affect the hips and lower back separately, it often affects them both at the same time, which is why you may be experiencing pain in these areas. 

Symptoms of hip arthritis

The symptoms of arthritis in the hips include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the hips
  • Stiffness after sitting for a while
  • Stiffness when getting out of bed
  • Feeling of grinding or crunching in the joint
  • Difficulty bending or using the hips for physical activity

Some of these symptoms can also be shared with other conditions that cause hip pain like bursitis or tendinitis. A doctor can examine your symptoms and order tests like an MRI scan to confirm whether the source of your pain is arthritis.

Symptoms of lower back arthritis

The symptoms of lower back arthritis are similar to that of the hips. They include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the spine
  • Limited range of motion in the spine
  • Swelling
  • Grinding and crunching in the spine
  • Pain, numbness and tingling in the nerves in or around your lower back

A number of conditions cause lower back pain. Even sitting for too long can cause lower back pain. However, a doctor can examine your symptoms and run tests to confirm if the source of your back pain is arthritis. 

Treatment for lower back and hip arthritis

Depending on the severity of your arthritis, all you may need is some medication or to stretch and exercise. However, many people with arthritis in the lower back and hips can benefit from orthopedic surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons can replace damaged hip joints or discs in the spine with artificial ones. They can also remove damaged tissue and bone fragments created by the arthritis. 

In the spine, arthritis can exert pressure on the nerves, which is painful and causes other issues. Surgeons have procedures that help reduce this pressure so you can continue to use your spine with less pain.

Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute today for arthritis treatment

Are you tired of suffering from long-lasting pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips? It’s time to talk to an orthopedic specialist at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute about finding the right treatment. Contact us today for more information about arthritis in the back and hips or to schedule an initial appointment.