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Both osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis can affect the hip. Osteoarthritis forms in the hip when the cartilage wears away causing inflammation. Inflammatory arthritis arises when the joint lining becomes inflamed due to a disease. The most prevalent forms of inflammatory arthritis affecting the hip are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or systemic lupus erythematous. The classic symptom for all types of hip arthritis is pain. Non-surgical treatments include various types of medications and physical therapy. Surgical treatments are also commonly recommended.