Arthritis may also be described as normal wear and degeneration. This may have been identified following an assessment of the hip or via an x-ray.
Being diagnosed with osteoarthritis does not necessarily mean your condition will get worse.
Osteoarthritis is a natural aging process (like grey hair or wrinkles). The hip is the second most common joint to be affected by arthritis.
Secondary arthritis can occur in the younger population if there has been previous trauma or dysplasia (congenital abnormality of the joint).
If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111