How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Hips

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Chris Iliades, MD

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) usually affects hands, feet, and knee joints on both sides of your body. But RA can affect any joint, including the hip joint. About 15 to 28% of people with RA develop hip RA. Most people with hip RA experience it later on as their RA progresses.

Symptoms of Hip RA

If you have hip RA, you may have symptoms in one or both hips. It may be the only joint affected by your RA. As with your other joints, you will probably notice morning pain and stiffness. Over time, you may also develop:

  • Dull aching pain

  • Pain that spreads to your groin, thigh, or buttock

  • Pain that gets worse with walking or standing

  • Walking with a limp

  • Pain even when resting

  • Hip fracture

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