Hip Pain, Hip Injury, Total Hip Replacement
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The diagnosis of hip pain is difficult as many structures can refer pain around to the hip area. The lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, various structures in the buttock and the hip itself can refer pain into the typical hip areas.
A physiotherapist will give you a skilled assessment of your back, pelvis and hip for your hip pain and a treatment plan to help you.
Hip pain can be caused by many conditions including lumbar disc lesions, lumbar joint problems, sacro-iliac joint problems, trochanteric bursa irritation, muscle strains, sports injuries and osteoarthritis.
A hip injury may be less common than other joint injuries in sports and general activities but can often be under-diagnosed. The hip is a strong, deep and stable joint and disruption of the hip itself and its ligaments is uncommon. However, labral tears (tears of the cartilaginous rim around the joint), tendon and muscle strains are common and can become chronic. Understanding the structure of the hip is a usfeful basis for understanding the various kinds of hip injuries.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of your hip injury from a physiotherapist or specialist hip surgeon as the source of hip pain can be referred from the lumbar spine, the sacro-iliac joint, buttock problems and true hip problems. Groin strains in sportsmen may often be mis-diagnosed and may actually be labral tears of the hip joint.
Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is now the treatment of choice for arthritic conditions of the hip. It has matured into an established, well accepted medical intervention with excellent and predictable results.
The benefits of total hip replacement are pain relief, undisturbed sleep, functional range of motion of the joint and painless weight bearing on your hip when walking.
Osteoarthritis is the main condition for which hip replacement is considered, with rheumatoid arthritis also important. The arthritic surfaces of the joint are replaced by metal components.
Total hip replacement produces some of the largest improvements in quality of life of all medical treatments. Hips were the first of the major joints to be replaced regularly and reliably and many people have had more than twenty years good service from their new hip. The following total hip replacement resources will answer many of your questions:
As our populations age, more and more people will need access to hip replacement technology and research continues into more advanced and less invasive joint replacement techniques.
Total hip replacement is performed by highly skilled and specialist surgeons in major hospital units. To get a hip replacement you need to be referred by your GP to a private or NHS consultant orthopaedic hip specialist.
After your hip replacement it is unlikely you will need physiotherapy but in some cases it can be useful to see a physiotherapist to regain muscle strength and normal gait.