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What causes osteoarthritis of the hip joint?

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Osteoarthritis usually happens slowly when inflammation and injury to a joint break down the cushioning cartilage tissue. Weight and age are two common reasons why you might get it in your hips. Other possible causes include:

  • Your hips joints may not be formed right
  • Genetic defects in the cartilage
  • Extra stress on the hips, from being overweight or from physical activities

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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