About Arthritis

About Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease resulting in damage of joint cartilage, the tissue that covers the ends of your bones. This damage can cause you severe pain, stiffness, disability and deformity. These symptoms can interfere with your basic daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food. The severity of symptoms can vary from mild to moderate or severe.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for many conditions affecting the joints, the most common of which is osteoarthritis.

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Arthritis is very common, affecting 1 in 7 Australians. The prevalence of arthritis increases with age and is higher amongst women. Approximately 28% of men and 39% of women between the age of 55 to 64 years suffer from arthritis. This increases to 39% and 57% respectively for 65 years and over.1

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What is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Hip Osteoarthritis is usually caused by wear and tear from overuse or trauma to the hip joint. Pain, along with a sensation of grinding and popping, can occur in the hip joint when the cartilage is worn. One bone rubbing directly against the other produces pain. The cause of the pain may not be obvious and may feel like a pulling sensation in the groin or the pain may be felt in other joints, such as the back. Your level of pain is one of the most important indications of the need for treatment.

When is Hip Replacement Surgery a Possible Treatment Option?

Hip Replacement Surgery is a treatment for Hip Osteoarthritis that may be recommended by a healthcare professional when all non-surgical treatment options have been attempted and no longer provide effective relief. This short animation provides some information about how an implant is used in hip replacement surgery.


1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2021. Arthritis and osteoporosis, 2017-18 financial year I Australian Bureau of Statistics. [ONLINE], [Accessed 2 August 2021].


This information is intended for residents of Australia only.

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor before you make decisions about your health.

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