Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint. As the protective cartilage is worn away by hip arthritis, bare bone is exposed within the joint.
Hip arthritis typically affects patients over 50 years of age. It is more common in people who are overweight, and weight loss tends to reduce the symptoms associated with hip arthritis.
There is no cure for any type of arthritis, but there are ways to treat the pain and other associated symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that affects multiple joints in your body, including your hip joints. The hip joints are encased in a lining filled with joint fluid, which allows for swift movement of the joint. In patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the lining of the hip joint becomes inflamed, causing hip pain and degeneration of the joints.