Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 8.5 million people in the UK. It develops gradually over time, causing joints to become stiff and painful.

With osteoarthritis of the hip you’re likely to have pain mainly in the front of your groin, but sometimes around the side and front of your thigh, buttock or down to your knee.

Please read and download our patient information leaflet opposite to discover more about osteoarthritis of the hip.

 

Osteoarthritis

You may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip – which is a normal part of getting older, but can lead to pain and disability.
This shared decision aid can help you decide, what the best management might be for you.
Click here to link to the NHS Shared decision aid for osteoarthritis of the hip 

Exercise

If possible, exercise regularly – swimming is ideal and even just a regular walk will help to strengthen the muscles around affected joints, to keep you fit, and to maintain a good range joint movement.

 

Weight control

If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. Even a modest weight loss can make quite a difference.

 

Shoe insoles and walking aids

When walking, try using a cane (walking stick). Hold it in the hand on the opposite side of the body to the affected joint.

 

Physiotherapy

Sometimes advice or treatment from a physiotherapist can be helpful.

 

Simple painkillers

Click here to find out more information about the use of paracetamol, co-codamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers.

 

Other therapies

Some people have found that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) machines help to ease pain from osteoarthritis. Acupuncture may also help to ease

symptoms in some cases.

 

Surgery for osteoarthritis

Most people with osteoarthritis do not have it badly enough to need surgery. However, hip replacement surgery has become a standard treatment for severe osteoarthritis.

This shared decision aid can help you decide, what the best management might be for you.

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.