Sometimes called “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is a common condition that many people develop during middle age or older.1 Osteoarthritis is a degenerative type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older, though it may occur in younger people, too.2 In 2011, more than 28 million people in the United States were estimated to have osteoarthritis. It can occur in any joint in the body, but most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip.3
Hip Osteoarthritis (Hip OA) causes pain and stiffness. It can make it hard to do everyday activities like bending over to tie a shoe, rising from a chair, or taking a short walk.4
Because osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time, prompt treatment can lessen the long term impact on a patient’s life. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options to help patients manage pain and stay active.5
“In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears away over time. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective joint space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone. To make up for the lost cartilage, the damaged bones may start to grow outward and form bone spurs (osteophytes).”
Osteoarthritis develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time.