Osteoarthritis of the Hip Joint

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip is a common problem, and given the ageing population will continue to be.

The commonest presenting symptom is pain. Generally, this can be in the groin, thigh, buttock and even the knee. Stiffness can also be a problem, leading to issues such as, for example, inability to reach the foot to tie laces. This leads to a deterioration in function and mobility.

Osteoarthritis can be idiopathic, or related to other conditions such as, amongst other causes, childhood hip dysplasia, previous injury or fracture.

Non Surgical Treatment

  • Activity modification, e.g. changing from high impact to low impact activities
  • Weight loss if overweight
  • Painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Anti-inflammatory medication. Seek advice from your general practitioner regarding the suitability of these in your specific case
  • Physiotherapy can help with strength and range of motion
  • Walking aids such as a cane or walking frame

Surgical Treatment

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Fig 343 - Capsule of hip-joint (distended). Posterior aspect.
Henry Gray. Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918.

  Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and not to be taken as specific advice. Please contact Dr Kiyork's rooms if you have any further questions about osteoarthritis of the hip or total hip replacements.

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