What is Osteoarthritis of the hip
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a condition characterised by degeneration or �wear and tear� of the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint surface, leading to inflammation, pain and stiffness. This may occur following a specific injury or due to repetitive forces going through the hip beyond what it can withstand over a period of time.
As the condition progresses there is eventual wearing down of the bone ends so that the surfaces are no longer smooth and may have small bony processes called osteophytes.
What causes Osteoarthritis of the hip
There are several causes of hip osteoarthritis which may include:
- Repetitive overuse
- Being overweight
- History of injury or trauma to the hip joint
- Leg length discrepancy
- Poor biomechanics
- Poor core stability
What are the symptoms/effects of Osteoarthritis of the hip
The most common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis are pain in the front of the hip, buttock or groin and stiffness. People with osteoarthritis typically develop symptoms gradually over time. In minor cases of hip osteoarthritis, little or no symptoms may be present. Symptoms can often differ from month to month with people reporting an increase in symptoms with colder weather. Other symptoms may include muscle weakness and difficulty walking.
Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis of the hip
A diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the hip can be confirmed by a physiotherapist or doctor following a thorough subjective and objective assessment.
Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis of the hip
Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio will reduce pain and stiffness, improve hip range of movement and strength, and help you remain as active as possible.
A thorough assessment with one of our physiotherapists at Manchester Physio will identify your main problems and a rehabilitation program will be developed between you and your physiotherapist to restore strength and mobility.
Physiotherapy treatment for hip osteoarthritis may include:
- Advice on how to balance activity with rest and choosing activities that do not aggravate your pain
- Advice on how to manage your flare-ups
- Range of movement and hip strengthening exercises to prevent stiffness and weakness from developing and to ensure the hip is functioning correctly.
- Heat therapy to reduce pain and stiffness
- Soft tissue massage to relieve tight muscles
- Joint mobilisation
- Balance training
- Hydrotherapy to stretch and strengthen muscles and to maximise mobility
- Gait re-education
- Advice about walking aids
If you would like more information on physiotherapy for hip problems, or to book an appointment please call 0161 883 0077.