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Michigan Sports and Spine

Degenerative Joint Disease

Overview
Degenerative joint disease of the hip is also known as osteoarthritis of the hip.  Like other joints that carry weight, hips are at risk for "wear and tear."  The smooth covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of your bones that helps the hip joint glide may wear thin.

Cause
Genetics
Aging
Obesity
Injury that puts stress on the hip cartilage

Symptoms
Discomfort and stiffness in the groin, buttock, or thigh (especially in the morning)
Pain that flares with activity and recedes with rest
Inability to rotate, flex, or extend the hip

Diagnosis
Physical examination and medical history consultation
X-rays

Treatment
Rest
Physical therapy
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Weigh loss
Use of a cane
Surgery

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00213
 
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