Hip pain can cause distress and prevent you from enjoying your everyday life.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of hip pain. This is when wear and tear cause the cartilage between your joints to break down. It is the cartilage that protects the bones in the joints and without it, it will cause pain.
The condition is more common the older you are, and if you are a woman. Other factors can increase your risk such as previous joint infections, breaks or other damage.
The symptoms of Osteoarthritis in your hips are:
- Pain when moving, during your sleep or in colder conditions
- Inflammation around the hip
- Cartilage damage
- Boney growths or spurs on your hip joints (Osteophytes)
- A popping, cracking or clicking in the joint (Crepitus)
Inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis can also cause hip pain.
As they are inflammatory in nature they can cause severe pain which can come and go in waves. The severity of rheumatoid arthritis varies from mild to severe. Over time, if left untreated, chronic inflammation can damage healthy bones and cartilage in your affected joints.