That’s right, successful OA treatment is possible, and so is enjoying a healthy and active life with the correct approach to care.
What does hip Osteoarthritis feel like?
- Sharp pain
- Tenderness or stiffness of the hips
- Reduced mobility, or range of movement
- Reduced quality of life
These are some of the typical symptoms associated with Osteoarthritis of the hip. If you’re experiencing any of these, we recommend getting checked out.
Total hip replacement is one of the most common orthopaedic surgeries in Australia – Osteoarthritis is one of the main causes for this type of surgery.
Interestingly, a large portion of the population are unaware that surgery can be avoided with the right early intervention.
What can I do?
Being aware of the risk factors for developing OA and taking steps to minimise them is the best approach to this degenerative condition, but there is still hope even after a diagnosis.
What are the risk factors?
- Previous hip injury
- Hip deformity (from birth)
- Muscle weakness
- Physical inactivity
- Carrying extra weight
What does successful treatment involve?
Current research recommends a combination of manual therapy, strengthening exercises and education as the most effective treatment of hip OA. Recent studies support this, indicating that physiotherapy can help minimise pain, improve range of movement and stabilise hip joints in those with hip OA.
Concentric physiotherapists provide supportive and comprehensive treatment for hip OA in line with these research and treatment guidelines. We aim to give patients the best chance of reducing the need for surgery and enjoying an active life.
Our physios are trained and experienced in best practice management of patients presenting withe lower-limb OA.
If you have any questions regarding OA management or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.