Hip arthritis is an equal opportunity disease. “It can affect anybody from active people to sedentary people,” said Dr. Rhett Hallows, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Duke Regional Hospital who specializes in joint replacement surgery. “It does not discriminate.”
Typically hip arthritis occurs around middle age, when cartilage, the firm, rubber-like material that protects the hip joint, starts to erode. With no cartilage cushion in place, bone starts to painfully rub against bone. A previous hip injury or a family history of arthritis can increase your risk for developing hip arthritis too.
The resulting pain can radiate from your hip, buttock, leg or lower back. When the pain impacts your ability to perform your daily routine, it’s time to seek medical care.