Your hip joint is covered by a smooth and glistening covering called articular cartilage. This cartilage helps your hip move and glide smoothly.
Over time, your articular cartilage can wear away. This is called osteoarthritis and is often referred to as ‘wear and tear’. Over time, the cartilage can break down so much that it no longer cushions the bones.
As well as cartilage break down, bone spurs can form in osteoarthritis which may limit the movement of the joint. This can lead to a stiff and painful hip.