Hip problems are not just something that affects older generations, anyone of any age can experience issues with their hips. The most common hip problem is osteoarthritis which attacks the cartilage in the hip joint and causes the bones to rub together. Other hip conditions can be the result of sports injuries, falls or congenital diseases.
If you are suffering from hip problems we offer prompt, comprehensive specialist advice and treatment for all kinds of issues including arthritis, inflammation of joints, cartilage damage and bone trauma. Our professional team of consultants and surgeons are all specialists in the field and offer the support and peace of mind you need throughout diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment care.
We are able to offer a range of services including diagnostic imaging of your hip using the latest MRI scanning, x-rays or ultrasound and other innovative technologies such 3D gait analysis.
Should further treatment be required, the hospital has five fully-equipped theatres where surgery can be carried out and there is little or no waiting time for surgery, your treatment can start as soon as you are ready. Our specialists work alongside our team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists to ensure that you return to your previous level of fitness as quickly as possible.
Underlying causes of pain
As well as injuries, there are two common underlying causes of hip pain:
Osteoarthritis – this is normally caused by wear and tear as the cartilage inside the joint wears down so the bones rub against each other.
Rheumatoid arthritis – the immune system malfunctions and attacks the lining of the joint leading to discomfort and stiffness.
There are a range of medications which can help with pain, including pain killers such as anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and pain-relieving gels/creams. Disease-modifying medication can also help pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis as it targets the immune system.
As there are a large number of muscles surrounding the hip joint, it is important to strengthen these to increase flexibility, maintain ease of movement and decrease inflamation. Physiotherapy can help achieve this and may improve symptoms as a result.
A hip arthroscopy – can help in cases where there has been a hip impingement. It is a keyhole procedure where damage to cartilage can be corrected. It is normally considered as an option before osteoarthritis develops and, in some cases, it can help stop this from occurring.
Hip replacement – involves removing a weak or worn hip and replacing it with an artificial joint.
Hip resurfacing – requires relatively strong bones, so is only an option for people aged under 65 years and women who have not yet gone through the menopause. The upper surfaces of the thigh bone and the cavity in the pelvis where the thigh bone sits are removed and replaced with metal. It is often considered as an alternative to a hip replacement and the recovery time is faster.
*Please note that you will need a GP referral letter to be able to use most of our services.
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