What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
The severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joints. For some people, the symptoms may be mild and may come and go, whereas others can experience more continuous and severe problems.
The hip joint is one of the commonest joints to be affected by osteoarthritis, because it is a weight bearing joint. People with osteoarthritis of the hip usually have difficulty with walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of the car or putting on shoes and socks.
How do we treat hip osteoarthritis at the Mansfield Clinic?
Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition which cannot be cured, but it doesn't necessarily get any worse over time and it can sometimes gradually improve. A number of treatments are available to reduce the symptoms. Dr Allfree may choose to use one or more of the following treatment strategies to help your joint pain:
There are a number of factors that may contribute include joint injury, age and being overweight.
Other factors may also be important:
Symptoms of hip joint osteoarthritis include:
Dr Allfree will take your medical history, and then examine your hip joint. If necessary, he will suggest an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis, although sometimes x-rays can be misleading and look relatively normal when in fact there is osteoarthritis present.
Hip joint osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but there are treatments that can help significantly. The aim of treating osteoarthritis of the hip is to improve the person's mobility and lifestyle. Treatment may involve any or all of the following:
If these simple measures fail, then hip replacement surgery may need to be considered. If a surgical opinion is required, Dr Allfree will help you with the arrangements.