Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common problem in the adult hip. It often occurs secondary to previous trauma, childhood developmental hip dysplasia or Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, past inflammatory arthritis or infection or atypically shaped acetabulum (socket) or femoral head (ball). Often it occurs through normal “wear and tear.”
Initially pain is worse with too much activity and relieved by rest. As the arthritis progresses, patients complain of pain at night and pain after resting. The pain is often felt in the groin and can travel to the inside thigh, knee and buttock. It often affects both hips. The hip will be stiff on examination.
Mr Loh will discuss with you the best management for your case. Important considerations are weight management if overweight, when to rest and how when to be active, pain management, physical therapy and potentially surgery.
Surgery is an excellent option for severe arthritis that is no longer responding to conservative management. The aim of surgery is to manage the long-term pain caused by the arthritis.