Problems with your hip joint can be caused by:
- Osteoarthritis – a type of arthritis which causes wear and tear of the joint. Cartilage is worn away and the underlying bone is exposed.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammatory disease which develops when your immune system starts to attack your joints and the tissue around them.
- Hip fracture – a break or crack is caused to your hip joint due to an accident or fall.
- Hip dysplasia – a condition, affecting both adults and children, in which your hip joint doesn’t develop properly.
You may need a hip replacement if you experience persistent pain or trouble with everyday activities such as walking, getting dressed, or driving.