Osteoarthritis may occur in any joint in the human body. However, the hip and knee are the most common joints affected by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis frequently affects individuals over the age of 50 more than any other population. Further, individuals who play an intense sport or run long distances are more at risk.
What is it?
Osteoarthritis of the Hip is the degeneration of the articular cartilage in the hip joint, causing pain.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include sore hips, pain in the hip joints, trouble balancing due to hip pain, stiffness in the hips, and sometimes, cracking or clicking sensations in the joint.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing strength and range of motion limitations, and collection of patient history. An x-ray or MRI can often confirm the diagnosis.
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