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Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis is a common disease, due to hip cartilage degeneration. Since the hip is a weight-bearing joint, osteoarthritis can lead to serious problems.

Osteoarthritis often causes the hip joint to deteriorate. When the articular cartilage degenerates, or wears away, subchondral bone will be exposed, causing bone-to-bone rubbing. The common causes include: previous injury, hip fracture, congenital hip disease, avascular necrosis.

The common symptoms include: hip joint pain, hip stiffness, groin pain, thigh discomfort, bony enlargement or swelling. Hip osteoarthritis can not be cured, but the following methods can help to reduce the symptoms: physical therapy, weight-loss, medications, arthroscopy surgery, osteotomy, hip replacement.