Hip Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is often caused as a result of the wear and tear on our joints as we age, but it can also be caused by obesity and injury. Hips and knees are most commonly affected.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. Cartilage covers the bones to cushion them. It is lubricated so that the bones move easily. As we age the cartilage and the lubrication can wear away. This causes bones to grind together resulting in the growth of painful spurs.

Losing weight, taking medication and changing from high impact sports to low impact activities can help to reduce pain. If surgery is required Osteotomy, hip resurfacing or a total hip replacement can be carried out.

For further reading:

OrthoInfo: Osteoarthritis of the Hip