Hip pain - in general

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of conditions:-

Hip arthritis is the most common cause, generally found in patients over 50yrs of age.  As we get older our joints wear but at different rates. There is a familial trait in arthritis but it can also be accelerated by accidents, sports or developmental problems.
Pain is usually felt in the groin and inner aspect of the thigh and is usually worse on getting up in the morning or the first few steps after sitting. Pain on the outer side of the hip is rarely caused by arthritis.
In its early stages hip osteoarthritis can be treated by osteopathy, physiotherapy and careful planning of activity. Once a patients life is compromised significantly, surgery is indicated.

There are other causes of hip pain including:-
  • hip bursitis
  • labral tear
  • osteitis pubis
  • groin strain
  • sports hernia

These causes of hip pain can be identified by careful examination of the hip and with further investigation by x-ray, MRI or ultrasound scan.  Andrew Gilmour and Associates can arrange this.
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