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Osteoarthritis: Explained With Pictures


Updated November 20, 2011

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Hip Osteoarthritis Caused by Joint Deterioration
Osteoarthritis: Explained With Pictures
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Hip osteoarthritis is a common type of osteoarthritis. Since the hip is a weightbearing joint, osteoarthritis can cause significant problems. About 1 in 4 Americans can expect to develop osteoarthritis of the hip during their lifetime.

Hip osteoarthritis is caused by deterioration of articular (joint) cartilage and wear-and-tear of the hip joint. There are several reasons this can develop:

  • previous hip injury
  • previous fracture, which changes hip alignment
  • genetics
  • congenital and developmental hip disease
  • subchondral bone that is too soft or too hard
  • avascular necrosis

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