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Arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, is a breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that cushions your joints. Many people have some arthritis as they age. When the cartilage in your hip joints wears down, your hip bone rubs against the hip socket. This causes pain and stiffness.
Work with your doctor to find the right mix of treatments for your arthritis. There are things you can do at home to protect your hip joints, ease your pain, and help you stay active. But if your arthritis becomes so bad that you cannot walk, you may need surgery to replace the hip joint.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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