Pain from osteoarthritis of the hip

The smooth and glistening covering on the ends of your bones, called articular cartilage, which help your joints glide, may wear thin.Your doctor will determine how much the disease has progressed. Your doctor may rotate, flex and extend your hips to check for pain.Your first sign may be a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock, or thigh when you wake up in the morning.Men and women are equally likely to develop hip osteoarthritis, and it usually starts from the late 40s onwards.The pressure of gravity on your joints and surrounding tissues causes physical damage, leading to pain, tenderness, swelling and decreased function.If you become less active to avoid the pain the muscles controlling your joint get weak, and you may start to limp.The joints most often affected are the knee, hip and hand.If you do not get treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip, the condition keeps getting worse until resting no longer relieves your pain. Bone spurs might build up at the edges of the joint.