Hip pain – OA or RA ??


My mother was diagnosed with arthritis in her groin, but they didn’t tell her if it was osteoarthritis or rheumatoid. How can she find out which one it is?


HI Rochelle,

You should ask your doctor.  It should be clear from the xray whether it is osteoarthritis or not.  In patients over age 50 who have pain in the hip only, chances are high that the cause is osteoarthritis. 

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.