This degenerative condition results from the breakdown of cushiony cartilage in the hip joints. While age plays a significant role, not everyone of a certain age will develop it. Learn more about how an orthopedic specialist can help relieve symptoms.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging
  • Cartilage wear-and-tear
  • Injury
  • Obesity

Signs & Symptoms

  • “Crunching" sensation/noise
  • Difficulty walking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatments

  • Without treatment, this condition usually worsens.
  • Most treatments focus on relieving symptoms.
  • Non-surgical treatment includes, rest, anti-inflammatory medication and lifestyle changes, including: regular, gentle exercise, adequate sleep, lose of excess body weight.
  • Late-stage intervention may include total hip replacement surgery.

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