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Get expert help for your hip pain
Sometimes, the pain is so bad, even simple day-to-day tasks might be getting more and more difficult.
At a consultation with one of our hip specialists at The Beardwood, we can accurately diagnose your problem, starting your personalised treatment plan without delay to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
You may even have pain in another area of your body, as issues relating to the hip joint can result in pain in the groin, running down your leg towards your knee. Sometimes this means our consultants see patients who believe they have a knee problem, and are surprised to discover the source of the pain is in their hip.
Clearly, an accurate diagnosis is needed, regardless of your symptoms, and this is all available to you at The Beardwood, with support from an expert team with vast experience in Orthopaedic concerns.
A common cause of hip pain is arthritis. This may feel worse in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Depending on how far the arthritis has progressed, it can often be managed with steroid injections. These can be administered in our consultation rooms, and repeat injections can be organised if they have proved effective.
Some hip pain is even known to improve on its own without intervention. If your consultant believes rest will help your condition, our dedicated physiotherapy team can guide you in exercises that will help keep you mobile while you recuperate.
Occasionally, patients may need a hip arthroscopy to diagnose their problem. This is a form of keyhole surgery, where a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light attached to it is passed through a small cut in your hip, which transmits a live feed to a screen, allowing your consultant to see inside the joint. Many issues discovered during the investigation can then be corrected at the time of the surgery, such as an impingement or tear of the cartilage.
Most consultants will also want to perform a comprehensive physical examination of the entire limb, depending on the symptoms you present with. This usually consists of various exercises to bend and/or lift the leg, and your consultant will be looking for signs of ligament injury, as well as testing your stability. If you are presenting with pain in your knee, this will also help to indicate if that pain is referred from the hip joint.
This examination is often supplemented with an x-ray to help your consultant see the bone structures of your hip and the hip joint itself. This is the typical scan used to diagnose arthritis, allowing your consultant to see how far the arthritis has progressed.
With a diagnosis in hand, you and your consultant can then discuss options on how to proceed. Your consultant will outline all available treatment options, allowing you to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
If your symptoms haven’t responded to initial treatments, your consultant may wish to send you for further diagnostic scans at our on-site Imaging unit, such as an MRI scan if surgery is being planned. They may also consult with colleagues from other specialities, such as Neurology, in order to eliminate any other factors that may be of concern, such as back pain. Whatever may be needed, you’ll get clarity on the next steps towards recovery.
In cases where you need a hip replacement, your damaged hip joint will be replaced with an artificial implant. Implants used at The Beardwood are state-of-the-art, and all operations are monitored by the National Joint Registry, ensuring our excellent level of care is maintained across the board.
If you have been suffering from significant hip pain, why not get in touch with our reception team today to book a consultation? Our consultants can organise the necessary diagnostic tests to investigate your symptoms, and outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any further scans or surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS, MS(Orth), MRCS(Ed), Diploma Sports and Exercise Medicine (GB&I), FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics), MSc (Science of Sports Injuries), MSc (Health Science and Practice)
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