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What is osteoarthritis of the hip?



Osteoarthritis of the hip is damage to the cartilage which covers the joint surfaces. This causes the two bones that make up the joint to rub against each other which may lead to pain and clicking or grating sounds. Extra bony structures called osteophytes may also develop around the joints. Physiotherapy is an important treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip.


Trigger point massage of the muscles and connective tissues around the hip.Above: Trigger point massage of the muscles and connective tissues around the hip.



How does osteoarthritis of the hip occur?



The hip is a weight bearing joint which can experience ‘wear and tear’ as we get older. Other causes of osteoarthritis of the hip are following an injury or an operation. This is known as secondary osteoarthritis.


What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip?



There are many different symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip. Physiotherapy is an effective way to manage all of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Potential symptoms include:


Soft tissue massage of the hip muscles and connective tissues by an experienced therapistAbove: Soft tissue massage of the hip muscles and connective tissues by an experienced therapist



What should I do if I have osteoarthritis of the hip?



You may need to visit your G.P if you suspect you could have osteoarthritis. They will be able to prescribe you with medication if you are in a lot of pain. For most cases of osteoarthritis, it is not necessary to have an X-ray to confirm the condition as other symptoms will be an accurate diagnosis. It is important to arrange a physiotherapy assessment as soon as possible to help you return to your normal activities of daily living as soon as possible.


Physiotherapy treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip.



There are a range of physiotherapy options for osteoarthritis of the hip. These include:


Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapistAbove: Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapist



What shouldn’t I do if I have osteoarthritis of the hip?



Do not ignore your symptoms of you think you may have osteoarthritis of the hip. The condition will become more restricting and may impact of your daily lifestyle.


Could there be any long-term effects of osteoarthritis of the hip?



Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, with an appropriately designed physiotherapy programme, your condition will be well managed and you will be able to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.


Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapistAbove: Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapist



To arrange a physiotherapy appointment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.