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Hip pain treatments
A problem in a hip will often cause pain, stiffness and loss of flexibility. Hips can be damaged by injury or disease, but the most common cause of hip joint pain (by quite some margin) is osteoarthritis in the joint.
You may be able to ignore hip pain when it’s fairly mild, but if it is severe you may find simple movements like sitting and standing, climbing stairs or bending down to put on your socks and shoes, much more challenging.
Hip pain can be debilitating and frustrating to live with, but a range of effective treatments are available. Here at The Shirley Oaks Hospital, our consultant hip surgeons treat the causes of hip pain and help people to regain movement and function in their hips once more.
An assessment by an experienced Shirley Oaks hip surgeon will rapidly quantify whether the hip pain is arising from the joint, the surroundings soft tissues, or is referred from your back.
Many hip conditions arise from the soft tissues (e.g. bursitis) and a thorough examination and treatment plan can be provided which will avoid surgery.
If you would like to learn more about treatment options for your specific hip condition, please contact us to book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.
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.
A physical examination of your hips will be carried out. Your back and knees will also be checked as problems in these areas can sometimes cause referred pain in the hip.
Depending on your symptoms, clinical history and the physical examination, your Consultant may arrange further tests. Our comprehensive on-site imaging facilities include X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound, so any diagnostic tests needed can be easily arranged for you if required.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your Consultant will talk to you about the results and discuss any suitable treatment options, explaining the benefits you should expect to see as well as any potential complications or risks.
Should you require a hip replacement or other form of hip surgery, your damaged hip joint will be replaced with an artificial implant tailored to your specific biomechanics.
People choose to come to us for hip surgery for a number of reasons. Whether you live in Croydon itself, elsewhere in Surrey or much further afield, when you choose Shirley Oaks for your hip treatment you will benefit from:
Your consultant will thoroughly investigate the cause(s) of your hip pain and talk you through any suitable treatment options. If hip surgery is needed, they can arrange for that to be carried out here at Shirley Oaks at the earliest opportunity.