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OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of radiographic osteoarthritis in subjects with hip pain newly presenting to primary care. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional in design, set in 35 general practices across the UK. It included 195 men and women aged 40 yr and over (median 63 yr) presenting with a new episode of hip pain. Hip radiographs were scored for minimum joint space (MJS) and overall-Croft's modification of the Kellgren and Lawrence (Croft)-grade of osteoarthritis. RESULTS: In all, definite evidence of radiographic change in the painful joint was common: Croft grade > or =2 in 44%, > or =3 in 34%. MJS of 2.5 mm or less was seen in 30% of whom half were below 1.5 mm. There were no significant gender differences in radiographic severity. CONCLUSIONS: Radiographic change is common in patients newly presenting with hip pain and many already have advanced disease.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/rheumatology/39.7.772

Type

Journal article

Journal

Rheumatology (Oxford, England)

Publication Date

07/2000

Volume

39

Pages

772 - 775

Addresses

ARC Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK.

Keywords

Humans, Osteoarthritis, Hip, Pain, Prospective Studies, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Primary Health Care, Female, Male, Multicenter Studies as Topic