There are a few types of Arthritis. Osteo-Arthritis (OA) is when the bones of the hip joint start to deform, and the ligaments and tendons attached start to collect Calcium due to chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation speeds up the degenerative process. Another type is Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA), which is also inflammation of the joint but in the cartilage that provides the smooth motion and lubrification of the joint. It starts to eat away at the joint surface. Both types of arthritis are very painful.
Pain in the hip joint when standing, walking, using stairs etc. Osteoarthritis is usually accompanied with muscle spasms around the hip and may cause a generalized hip pain over a wide area and sometimes, pain into the groin. Rheumatoid arthritis, when severe, causes strong localized pain in the joint and the patient has great difficulty putting any weight on the leg. There could also be palpable swelling and redness in the area. Diagnosis and differentiation are done using X Ray and Blood Analysis.