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Understanding Hip Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options


Understanding hip arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world, causing chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. In the UK, it's estimated that 1 in 9 people have arthritis in their hip or hips, according to Versus Arthritis.


International studies have also found a significantly high prevalence of hip problems in people middle-aged and above, with about 12-15% of people over 60 reporting chronic hip pain. Here are some key points to keep in mind about hip problems that we will explore in this post:


What is hip arthritis

What causes hip arthritis

What are the symptoms of hip arthritis

How is hip arthritis diagnosed

What are the treatment options for hip arthritis?

Can hip problems be prevented

Why is it important to address hip problems

Where can you get help for your hip problems


What is hip arthritis?


Hip arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects the hip joint. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joint wears away, causing the bones to rub against each other. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.



What causes hip arthritis?


Hip arthritis can be caused by a number of factors, including age, genetics, obesity, injury, and repetitive stress on the joint. It's more common in older adults and women.



What are the symptoms of hip arthritis?


The symptoms of hip arthritis can vary but typically include pain and stiffness in the hip joint, especially when walking or bending. You may also experience a reduced range of motion and difficulty performing everyday activities.



How is hip arthritis diagnosed?


Hip arthritis is usually diagnosed through a combination of physical exams, medical history, and imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs.



What are the treatment options for hip arthritis?


Treatment options for hip arthritis can include physical therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, surgery. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve mobility.



Can hip problems be prevented?


While there's no surefire way to prevent hip problems, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and avoiding repetitive stress on the joints can all help keep your hips healthy.



Why is it important to address hip problems?


Hip problems can significantly impact your quality of life, making it difficult to perform everyday activities and enjoy your favourite hobbies. Addressing hip problems early on can help prevent further damage and improve your overall health and well-being.



Where can you get help for hip problems?


If you're experiencing hip pain or stiffness, it's important to see a healthcare professional for an evaluation. They can help diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment options.



 

By staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and seeking help early on, you can keep your hips healthy and strong for years to come.

It's important to be aware that hip problems are a common issue that can significantly impact your quality of life. However, there are many treatment options available to help manage symptoms and improve mobility if you're hip pain is getting in the way of your everyday life.


Be sure to seek advice and a further investigation about your ongoing hip pain with your GP or a local hip specialist like me.


Don't hesitate to speak to my friendly, knowledgeable team with any questions about hip pain, and to make an appointment to see me and one of my private clinics in Poole, Bournemouth, and Dorchester (Dorset, UK).



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