Osteoarthritis

You may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip - which is a normal part of getting older, but can lead to pain and disability. This shared decision aid can help you decide, what the best management might be for you. Visit the NHS Shared decision aid for osteoarthritis of the hip.

  • Exercise - If possible, exercise regularly – swimming is ideal and even just a regular walk will help to strengthen the muscles around affected joints, to keep you fit, and to maintain a good range joint movement.
  • Weight control - If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. Even a modest weight loss can make quite a difference.
  • Shoe insoles and walking aids - When walking, try using a cane (walking stick). Hold it in the hand on the opposite side of the body to the affected joint.
  • Physiotherapy - Sometimes advice or treatment from a physiotherapist can be helpful.
  • Simple painkillers - Click here to find out more information about the use of paracetamol, co-codamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers.
  • Other therapies - Some people have found that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) machines help to ease pain from osteoarthritis. Acupuncture may also help to ease symptoms in some cases.
  • Surgery for osteoarthritis - Most people with osteoarthritis do not have it badly enough to need surgery. However, hip replacement surgery has become a standard treatment for severe osteoarthritis.