Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is defined as the breakdown of articular cartilage of the hip joint. Usually, people experience a gradual onset of pain and restriction in the movement of the hip joint. It is a very common problem but this does not mean that you have to “just get on with it”. We regularly treat hip problems at the Beverley and Driffield Chiropractic Clinics and are always happy to advise and answer and questions that you may have.

Common signs and symptoms

  • the gradual onset of pain seemingly without a known trigger
  • pain often described as deep aching or gnawing
  • often worse after periods of rest and then ease with gentle movement
  • worse with high impact movement or high mileage
  • pain in the anterior groin/thigh and buttock area on the same side
  • morning stiffness which eases ‘once you get up and going’
  • ‘antalgic gait’ – limping due to pain or the feeling of leaning away from the painful side

Diagnosis

The chiropractor often strongly suspects the presence of hip OA even before diagnostic imaging. After a thorough case history and examination, the chiropractic may feel that your symptoms are highly indicative of Hip OA. This can only be fully determined by diagnostic imaging. However, as with all diagnostic imaging referrals, you often won’t be referred right away because there must be sufficient justification for this. Should the chiropractor feel that medical imaging is warranted they can make a referral for this with your permission.

Treatment options

There are many options for treatment but perhaps the some of the most common are:

Chiropractic – While we cannot cure osteoarthritis, chiropractic treatment can help to relieve discomfort and improve movement and function of the hip joint. We use a combination of gentle joint mobilisations and soft tissue techniques to improve symptoms. Due to the nature of the underlying problem, a course of treatment is usually recommended and this will be outlined during your initial consultation. Your chiropractor can also recommend exercises for home management.

Exercise- exercise is particularly effective in combination with chiropractic treatment Your chiropractor can advise you about what types of exercise may be the most beneficial for you.

Joint replacement – may be considered in cases of severe pain and significantly reduced mobility. As will all surgery joint replacement is often considered a ‘last resort. We see a lot of patients while they are awaiting surgery to help them to manage pain meanwhile.