Hip arthritis

Osteoarthritis of the hip

A common condition of the hip which affects men and women of all ages

What is hip arthritis?

In hip arthritis the cartilage, which normally cushions the bones in your hip joint, become damaged. This prevents the smooth movement of your joint. Factors that can contribute to this condition include advancing age and being overweight. Sometimes hip arthritis can settle down on its own.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of hip arthritis? icon plus

    Symptoms vary but may include:

    • groin pain, which can radiate down the thigh or to the buttock
    • reduced tolerance to exercise (and often limping)
    • stiffness and difficulty performing everyday tasks such as putting on shoes and socks
    • pain at night
  • Diagnosing hip arthritis icon plus

    Your consultant will take your full medical history and perform a physical examination to determine whether you have hip arthritis.

    This will include performing some basic leg exercises whilst lying down. Your consultant may also manipulate your hip joints to see how they respond and ask you to describe the sensations you are experiencing.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Hip arthritis symptoms can be conservatively managed to minimise discomfort.
    Treatment options include:

    • A walking stick to reduce the weight and strain on your hip.
    • Physiotherapy and regular physical exercise to keep your muscles strong and reduce pressure on your joints.
    • Anti-inflammatory medications.

    However, if your symptoms are bad enough, a hip replacement will give excellent relief and should allow you to return to normal activities without pain.

Our hip consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts, specialising in conditions of the hip and pelvis, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our locations

From complex hip surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a hip or pelvis appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced hip consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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