About three years ago, Kim Frasch of Tellico, now 65, had pain in both of his calves. Over time, it moved upward and became more intense.“As it got worse, it went into my thighs and glutes. And finally I began to lean to the left as an involuntary effort to gain some relief,” Frasch said. “My wife was worried I couldn’t stand up straight. I had sharp, stabbing pains in my legs, and standing was intolerable. I could only walk for a short period of time.”

[caption id="attachment_286" align="alignleft" width="228"]Dr. Paul F. Yau Dr. Paul F. Yau[/caption]Are you experiencing pain in your thigh, buttock or groin area? Does it hurt whether you sit or stand? You might be one of 20 million Americans suffering from Osteoarthritis of the hip! The doctors at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics see this common problem every day in our practice.The Hip joint carries your weight all day long. It’s normal for there to be some "wear and tear" arthritis (osteoarthritis), the most common form of the disease, as you age. The smooth and glistening covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of your bones, which helps your hip joint glide smoothly, thins and stops to function.

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