My Condition

Hip pain (Osteoarthritis)

My hip pain

Around 450 patients per 100,000 population will go to their GP with hip pain each year. Of these, 25% will improve within three months and 35% at twelve months; this improvement is sustained.

Pain felt around and attributed to the hip can also be due to spinal or abdominal disorders which should be excluded. Hip pathology may cause pain felt only at the knee.

In the young adult, Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears and hip dysplasia may cause hip pain, usually felt in the groin.

In adults over the age of 45, the most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis (O.A.) Osteoarthritis is a condition which can cause joint pain with varying degrees of functional limitation and effect on quality of life. It is common, affecting people all over the world and at least 8 million people in the uk.

Anyone can develop O.A. The larger weight-bearing joints are most commonly affected – hips and knees. It develops in previously healthy joints, normally in people over 45. It can also develop in younger people after a fracture or similar injury. It is twice as common in women as men, and most likely in people who are overweight or who suffer from high blood pressure.

Managing my hip pain

There are various ways of managing hip arthritis without surgery, the two main goals being:

  • reducing pain 
  • increasing joint mobility

Many people find that self-help measures are enough to help them manage their symptoms, but your physiotherapist will be able to suggest other treatments if you need them. There isn't likely to be one single thing that will help reduce pain, or increase mobility, but by trying a variety of things that work for you improvements can be made.

You can also click here for a list of exercises that may help your hip pain.

Deciding what to do about Osteoarthritis of the hip

This is a helpful tool to support you when deciding how best to manage your hip pain. Use it on your own, or with help from a clinician, this will take you quickly through the different options.

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5 main options if you have osteoarthritis of the hip

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