Dr. O'Connor explains whether hip arthritis is a fatal condition.
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Is Hip Arthritis A Fatal Condition? Arthritis for the hip in and of itself isn’t fatal but it can lead to a serious decline in your health if you have lost your mobility. Because basically as we get older, I think one of the most important things for us to remember is we use it or we lose it. And just like—your mother probably told you when you were growing up, you got to use it or you are going to lose it. You need to keep active and keep moving. The people that are older, that are mentally sharp and really engaged are those that stay physically active. So it’s important that you can move and walk.