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Osteoarthritis of the hip is when the joint surface cartilage (also called hyaline cartilage, or articular cartilage) becomes worn away, leaving the raw bone beneath exposed. The cartilage normally functions as a pad or a bearing in the joint. Under anatomical conditions, the cartilage bearing is even slicker than a metal ball on ice. After the bearing is away, the result is a roughed joint surface that causes pain and stiffness.