The Hip


Degenerative Joint Disease (osteoarthritis)

DJD is the most common disease affecting the hip. There are two types of DJD, primary and secondary osteoarthritis. Primary osteoarthritis is considered a result of aging alone; secondary osteoarthritis occurs when the condition follows previous damage by disease or mechanical injury.

The patient often describes an unexplained onset of pain in the groin or outer hip region. This pain is first noticed after prolonged use of the joint, such as long periods of walking. As the condition progresses the pain may extend down into the thigh and knee. Rarely is pain referred below the knee.


Treatments that will be done to manage this condition are joint mobilizations, active and active assisted range of motion exercises, ultrasound, and a progressive-resistive exercise program to maintain/restore muscle strength.