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Osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis of the hip is also very common and can affect either one or both hips.

  • You’re most likely to feel pain deep at the front of your groin, but also at the side and front of your thigh, in your buttock or down to your knee (this is called radiated pain).
  • If you have severe hip osteoarthritis, you may find your affected leg seems a little shorter than the other because of the bone on either side of your joint being crunched up.

Who gets osteoarthritis of the hip?

Men and women are equally likely to develop hip osteoarthritis, and it usually starts from the late 40s onwards. You may be at greater risk if you had hip problems at birth (congenital dislocation) or abnormal hip development in childhood, such as Perthes’ disease. Physical work such as farming may also increase the risk, but there’s often no clear cause.

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