There are a number of symptoms that might suggest that you could benefit from a hip replacement. However, a discussion with a specialist hip surgeon will help you understand your condition better and help you decide what treatment is best for you.
Pain is the most common symptom that may lead to a hip replacement. The pain can be felt in many places, but most commonly inside the hip joint, on the overlying skin or in the groin.
Occasionally, pain can be ‘referred’ and is felt in the knee or back. Referred pain describes when the pain you feel in one part of your body is really caused by pain in another part of the body.
A combination of pain and reduced range of movement in the joint can be a sign of degeneration in the hip. If you find that your ability to move your hip through its full range of motion is decreasing, then you should seek specialist advice.
In some cases, leaving a long time before having joint replacement surgery can make recovery afterwards, particularly regaining flexibility in the hip, more difficult.
Pain even whilst resting
Commonly, the pain from joint degeneration, particularly in the early stages, comes on during activities. Over time, the level of exertion that brings on the pain may decrease until eventually there is pain in your hip even when you haven’t been undertaking exercise.
A reduction in activities
It is common to find that people with joint pain start to reduce the activities that they undertake to try and avoid aggravating the hip pain. If you find that you are not doing the regular and enjoyable activities in your day-to-day life, it may be a sign that you should seek specialist help.