Osteoarthritis of the hip joint mainly affects older people and is the most common disease affecting the hip joint, with 25% of women and 15% of men experiencing symptoms over the age of 60 years.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip can vary. It may start with a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock or thigh when you wake up in the morning. The pain can get worse with activity, especially weight bearing activity such as walking. It can also feel worse with cold weather. There is often loss of muscle strength and mobility, resulting in difficulty running or even walking. It also gets more difficult to squat down to put on socks and shoes.
Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Hip
We can perform a detailed examination using chiropractic, orthopaedic, neurological and muscle testing procedures in order to accurately diagnose the problem. It is also important to examine the back, knee, ankle and foot as these areas can also influence the hip.
Physical examination usually easily picks up the problem but an X-ray will be needed to confirm the diagnosis. It will also give tell us how severe the problem is. This will help us to give an accurate prognosis, rule out other causes and help to select the most appropriate treatment.
The aims of the treatment are:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve movement of the joint
- Relax painful muscle spasms
- Strengthen weakened muscles
The treatment will involve stretching and massage techniques to tight and tender muscles, gentle mobilisation techniques and manipulation of the affected joints.