Paget’s Disease of the Hip

What is Paget’s Disease?

Paget’s disease is a bone disease that often affects the hip. It speeds up bone formation, which changes the bone’s density and shape, making it larger than normal, but also weak. It is also found in the spine, legs and skull. Paget’s disease is the most common metabolic bone disease after osteoporosis, and affects up to 4% of adults older than 551

What are the symptoms of Paget’s Disease?

For many people who have Paget’s disease, there are no noticeable symptoms, and they may only discover they have it when being tested for unrelated ailments. However, some may have symptoms related directly to the affected bones, or symptoms that relate to the bone’s malformation. These include unusual bone shape, and pain caused by tiny fractures in the weakened bone. 

How is Paget’s Disease treated?

Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce the risk of fractures in the affected bone. Regular exercise and making sure you have enough Vitamin D can also help you maintain your bone strength.

If this doesn’t work, and you are still experiencing arthritic pain and joint damage that affects your quality of life, your doctor may suggest surgery. Based on the severity of your condition, he or she will determine the most appropriate surgical treatment.

Always discuss your treatment options with your doctor.

1. “Paget disease of the bone”, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners,, accessed November 2012

What causes hip pain?

What causes hip pain?

Hip pain is sometimes caused by deformity or injury, but one of the most common causes is osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Although affected by things like age, weight, joint function and general activity levels, arthritis in the hip is basically the result of your hip’s cartilage lining wearing away slowly over time, and the bones beginning to rub against each other. This causes friction, swelling, pain, stiffness, and instability.

How does arthritis affect the hip?

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint disorders, and is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, affecting 3.85 million Australians1.  And as the average age rises, the number of people with arthritis is also growing. In fact, leading researcher Access Economics suggests 7 million Australians will suffer some form of arthritis by 2050, based on current trends2.

See how arthritis affects the hip in this video:

What can you do about hip pain?

There are many ways to help relieve your pain

The causes of hip pain include:

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Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options