Understanding Degenerative Hip Diseases: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

The hip joint is one of the most crucial and complex joints in the human body. Your hip supports your body weight and offers balance and support as you walk, run, and perform various physical activities. Unfortunately, like any other joint, the hip is susceptible to degenerative diseases that can cause pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility.

What Are Degenerative Hip Diseases?

Degenerative hip diseases, hip osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease are a group of conditions that affect the hip joint over time. These diseases primarily result from the gradual wear and tear of the hip joint, leading to the breakdown of cartilage, the cushioning tissue that covers the ends of bones within the joint.

Causes of Degenerative Hip Diseases

There are a few causes that can lead to degenerative hip issues. Some of these causes are:


One of the most common causes of degenerative hip diseases is aging. As we grow older, the cartilage in our hip joint may naturally deteriorate, leading to increased friction between the bones.

Overuse or Injury

Repetitive stress on the hip joint due to sports activities, physical labor, or previous injuries can accelerate the degeneration of the joint.


Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to hip joint issues, which can lead to early-onset degenerative hip diseases.


Excess body weight can put extra stress on the hip joint, causing bone degeneration.

Symptoms of Degenerative Hip Disease

Recognizing the symptoms of degenerative hip diseases is crucial for early diagnosis and effective management. Common symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Crepitus (grating or cracking sounds with hip movement)

Treatment Options

The management of degenerative hip diseases depends on the severity of the condition and your overall health. Here are some of the treatment options available:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices
  • Surgery

Schedule Your Appointment

Degenerative hip diseases can significantly impact your quality of life, but early intervention and a tailored treatment plan can help manage the condition perfectly. Get world-class orthopedic care from the office of Alexander McLawhorn, MD. Dr. McLawhorn has locations in New York, NY, and Stamford, CT. Call 212-606-1065 (NY) or 203-705-2113 (CT) to book an appointment for degenerative joint treatment. You may also use our convenient online form.

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