Most people with ongoing hip pain will see their GP, who will often arrange initial treatment with some type of pain relief medication and/or a course of physiotherapy. These can be helpful for many people in the early stages of osteoarthritis but are often of limited value when the joint has been damaged more extensively.
At the moment when many patients are experiencing long delays in seeing their GPs, it’s important to understand that Shirley Oaks will be happy to review you prior to any consultation with your GP, in order to cut out the waiting time.
Should non-surgical treatments not relieve your symptoms, you may require some type of hip surgery. If this is a possibility, you will normally be referred to a hip surgeon by your GP, physiotherapist or other healthcare professional. Your surgeon will be able to discuss which hip surgery would be most beneficial for you.
The most common surgery is Total hip replacement, which involves removing the damaged hip joint and replacing it with a new artificial one (known as a prosthesis). This is often needed when osteoarthritis in the hip has damaged the joint so much that it’s causing significant pain and lack of mobility.
For certain hip conditions, such as a labral tear or hip impingement, a type of keyhole surgery known as hip arthroscopy may be carried out to investigate and repair any damage.
Some hip symptoms and conditions can benefit from joint preservation treatment. This helps to maintain and protect hip function and may help delay (or completely remove) the need for more invasive surgery like a total hip replacement.
If you’re in pain and have previously had a total hip replacement, you may need revision hip replacement to replace your prosthesis.
Whatever the cause(s) of your hip pain, your consultant will ensure you receive the most suitable treatment as soon as possible to help get you out of pain and back to better mobility.