Osteoarthritis is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It is common in the hip because it bears the weight of the body. Resulting from wear and overuse, osteoarthritis of the hip can severely impact a person’s lifestyle. Symptoms include hip pain, tenderness, a grating sensation while walking, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.
Causes and risk factors:
- Wear and tear
- Traumatic injury
- Genetic predisposition
Without treatment, osteoarthritis usually worsens. Most treatments focus on relieving symptoms, including rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. If the hip continues to deteriorate, total hip replacement surgery may be needed.