What is hip Osteoarthritis?


Deterioration of the articular cartilage that covers the surfaces of the hip’s ball and socket due to the mechanical overload of this weightbearing joint. Changes to subchondral bone, synovium, ligaments and the capsule may also be observed.

Risk factors of Osteoarthritic hip pain is multi-factorial:

  • Increasing age
  • Family history of Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Genetics
  • Previous injury to the hip
  • Obesity
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Repetitive stress on the joint
  • Femeroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Occupation


Hip OA may result in:

  • Pain through anterior groin, lateral hip, buttocks or posterior thigh
  • Loss of function and marked physical impairment
  • Crepitus (crunching/popping) in the hip
  • Joint stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion


Osteoarthritis process involves:

  • Progressive loss of articular cartilage
  • Subcondral cysts
  • Osteophyte formation
  • Periarticular ligamentous laxity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Synovial inflammation

Services provided at Acumen:

  • Pre and Post-Operative medical consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in total hip and knee surgery
  • Orthopedic Consultation for patient to travel out of province for a hip/knee replacement
  • Reconditioning and personalized care

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