Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition affecting the cartilage surface of the bone. This is your wear and tear arthritis and commonly affects the hip joints, as well as other joints of the body. Once there, OA causes pain and stiffness, as the rough surface of the worn cartilage is irritated on movement.
Typically, someone presenting with OA of the hip will tell us they have groin pain on walking, on getting up from a chair, lifting their knee up towards their chest, reaching to their shoes. Sometimes they will also report pain down the front of the thigh to the knee, which is referred pain. Quite commonly, when their OA gets moderately severe, people can no longer reach their feet and will often choose to wear slip-on shoes rather than tie up shoes. This is a big indicator to us that hip OA is affecting their activities of daily living.
OA of the hip in it’s mild to moderate form can often be managed with treatment using mobilisations, activity modification and exercises to maintain range of motion and improve the strength of the muscles around the hip.
Interestingly, X-Rays of the hip have a poor correlation to signs and symptoms, and as such we often find the clinical presentation of the person a more reliable indicator.
If you feel as though you may have osteoarthritis of the hip, then come on down to Miami & Lakelands Physiotherapy for an assessment.
So come and see us today if you are struggling with reaching your toes or bending over and we can assess you and set you up with some exercises to assist you at Lakelands and Miami Physiotherapy.
Miami Ph: 9534 4111
Lakelands Ph: 9542 9999