Hip arthritis usually presents as "groin pain," hip pain, thigh pain or even knee pain with walking, running or climbing stairs. People often complain of restricted motion that makes it difficult to tie their shoes and cut their toenails. The pain can lead to a decrease in the individual’s activities and may cause the person to limp. Another common complaint that people experience is the feeling that the joint is locked or the sensation the joint will give out.
The patient’s symptoms, physical exam findings and X-rays diagnose hip osteoarthritis. An MRI is rarely needed for arthritis but maybe indicated in some patients with "normal" appearing radiographs to rule out other causes of hip pain (example osteonecrosis).