Hip pain is an extremely common problem in people over the age of 50 years of age. It can be due to osteoarthritis – ’wear and tear’ or other conditions. Osteoarthritis is when degeneration of the joint surfaces occurs so they are no longer smooth but become roughened. This can cause pain. However, studies have shown that the amount of osteoarthritis within the hip does not necessarily correspond to the amount of pain that is experienced.