Hip osteoarthritis is a common condition causing pain, stiffness and limping.
Your hip joint is covered by a smooth and glistening covering called articular cartilage. This cartilage helps your hip move and glide smoothly. Over time, your articular cartilage can wear away. This is called osteoarthritis.
The pain in hip osteoarthritis is most commonly felt in the groin. However, it can also be felt in the buttock and thigh. Some people also have only referred pain and only feel it in the knee.
Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed with a xray. However, in some patients an MRI is necessary.
When mild, osteoarthritis is best treated with conservative measures, such as weight loss, physiotherapy, water based exercises, lifestyle and activity changes and analgesia.
When severe, osteoarthritis of the hip can be very successfully treated with a total hip replacement.
Further reading and resources
Management of Osteoarthritis of the hip – Evidence based clinical practice guideline (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)