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Hip Arthritis

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in improving the symptoms of some patients with early osteoarthritis.

The more severe your arthritis unfortunately the less effective this can be.

Physiotherapy can be beneficial even if you ultimately require surgery because pre-operative physio “Pre-hab” helps you recover faster.

Exercises focus on strength, stability, range of motion and pain management

Injections

Tablets

Diet

Patients with hip arthritis can often put on weight because their painful hip slows them down.

It can be difficulty losing weight through exercise given how painful your arthritic hip may be.

Lower weight can mean less force through your arthritic joint and therefore less pain.

Dr Connon works with local GPs and dieticians to optimise your diet to help reduce your hip pain.

Activity Modification

Low impact aerobic activity is encouraged for your hip health, general health and mental wellbeing. You may need to alter which exercise you do – switch running for swimming or cycling for example.

Elderly surfers

Surgical treatment

Surgical treatment is considered when the above non-operative management has failed to relieve your pain and get you back to doing the things you love.

If pain is affecting your quality of life significantly despite trying the techniques above, talk to Dr Connon about whether we are able to improve your symptoms with surgery.