For someone suffering from a hip-related condition such as degenerative osteoarthritis, typically the first sign of something wrong is pain. This pain is located predominantly in the groin but can radiate down the front of the thigh. Sometimes this pain can also be on the lateral (outside) part of the hip and can be associated with activities such as prolonged walking or even something as simple as tying your shoes. A lot of people also discover that once the hip starts be painful, they start to have less mobility in the joint itself, decreasing their range of motion and therefore limiting the types of activities they can do. Finally, once you start to have a degenerative joint, it can affect the other parts of your body in other ways, such as the way you walk and the way you carry yourself, affecting the longevity of your other joints as well as your low back.