Primary osteo-arthritis of the hip results from wearing away of the articular cartilage. Cartilage is the lining tissue that protects the ends of bone. When cartilage wears away completely the bones may rub against each other resulting in pain and stiffness.
Cause It is the most prevalent form of osteo arthritis in Caucasian population. It is seen in patients older than 50 years. Some people with this disease may hail from families with a higher incidence. Younger patients may be affected in these families. Some occupations have a higher risk of primary osteo-arthritis like labourers, athletes.
Symptoms– Pain is the most common symptom. It starts at the front or to the side of the hip joint. Pain increases in duration and regularity. Your mobility may become affected. You will not be able to do your routine activities. A limp may be noticed. Movements of the hip are reduced. Your life style will be affected. To know if you have arthritis, see this page which contains a self evaluation of arthritis.
An x ray shows reduction of the joint space.