Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip Osteoarthritis or ‘degenerative joint disease’ is the gradual wearing away of the smooth articular cartilage that lines the surface of the hip joint.

If the cartilage wears to expose the underlying bone then friction irritates the joint and it becomes inflamed and painful.

Clinically diagnosed osteoarthritis exists in around 10% of males and 18% of females over the age of 60 years, with knees and hips being among those most commonly affected.


The following symptoms are associated with hip osteoarthritis:

  • Pain and stiffness which is worse in the morning or after sitting for long periods.
  • The hip joint may feel warm, with redness and visible swelling around the joint.
  • Often a little light exercise improves mobility and reduces the pain.
  • The joint may feel unstable or as if it might ‘give way’ when standing or walking.


Osteoarthritis is irreversible, however the effects can be managed well by reducing the amount of inflammation in the joint and by keeping the surrounding muscles relaxed.

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