Getting out of bed used to be a breeze. Now, when you hear that alarm clock, you moan. You know your hip will be stiff, and the pain will set in as soon as you step onto the floor.

For many people, hip or knee pain has a cause. It’s called osteoarthritis. You may also hear people call it “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It affects more than 20 million Americans and is more common as we age. Your pain comes from the breakdown of the protective cartilage that covers the ends of your bone. This causes irritation, stiffness and pain.

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it’s most common in your largest weight-bearing joints: your knees and hips. There is no cure, but there are many available treatments. The local, experienced orthopaedic experts at Grand View Health can help. We will take a personal approach to your care at every step of your journey.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about osteoarthritis to help guide you: