of the hip typically affects people over 50 years of age. It is due to wear & tear of the the cartilage covering the bones that form the hip joint.
It is common in people who are over weight, and weight loss
tends to reduce the symptoms.
There is also a genetic predisposition of this condition, meaning hip arthritis
tends to run in families.
Factors such as trauma and overuse also contribute to this condition.
Hip arthritis symptoms tend to progress as the condition worsens. What is interesting about hip arthritis is that symptoms do not always progress steadily with time. Often patients report good months and bad months or symptom changes with weather changes.
This is important to understand because comparing the symptoms of hip arthritis on one particular day may not accurately represent the overall progression of the condition.
- Hip pain with activities
- Knee pain
- Limited range of hip motion
- Stiffness of the hip joint
- Walking with a limp
Treatment of the arthritic hip involves mobilisation
of the hip and knee, deep massage
of painful or stiff muscles and acupuncture
around painful trigger points.