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Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Symptoms and Treatment Options

Osteoarthritis, OA, is the most common form of arthritis. It's a progressive, degenerative disease that most often occurs in middle-aged and older adults. However, it can afflict anyone of any age, especially if the person's hip joint is damaged from a previous fracture or childhood disorder. Osteoarthritis usually affects the large weight-bearing joints of your lower extremities, including hips and knees. But it may also cause pain in your spine, neck and hands.

Symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include:

  • Soreness in the hip joint after overuse or inactivity
  • Stiffness in the hip during rest, but goes away after activity.
  • Stiffness in the hip joint when you first wake up.
  • Hip Pain from inactivity and weakening hip muscles.
  • Hip joint pain is worse in the evening.
  • Deterioration of coordination, posture and walking

Treatments for Osteoarthritis of the Hip

  • Exercise
  • Weight control
  • Avoiding additional injury to the hip joint
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • In severe cases, when the non-surgical do not work, surgery may be considered.


Many factors can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. The actual cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, although many factors can increase your risk of developing the disease.


Risk factors include:

  • obesity
  • muscle weakness
  • heredity
  • previous injury to the joint
  • childhood disorders
  • repeated overuse of the joint
  • aging


Your physician will be able to properly diagnose and tailor a treatment plan that is right for you. 

Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.