Soft tissue problems occur in muscles, connective tissue or in the protective membranes (bursa) around the hip joint. These problems can often be dealt with using physiotherapy.
Hip Impingement is a problem where parts of the ball or socket of the hip joint can come into contact with each other during exercise and cause damage. If untreated, this can lead to early arthritis.
Arthritis is a problem within the hip joint itself. ‘Wear and tear’ osteoarthritis frequently occurs in older people,
but younger people often also suffer the condition. Very active people can develop it at a much younger age, as can those who have insufficient blood supply to the hip or those who had hip disease in childhood.
Sometimes arthritis can be treated with painkillers, supplements and lifestyle changes. If the condition fails to respond to these, then hip joint surgery is advised. After the procedure, patients can often return to a near-normal level of activity.
Revision hip surgery is a procedure designed to replace an existing hip replacement which has been in place for some time and has begun to fail..
Recent developments in surgical techniques mean there is now a wide range of treatment options for hip conditions. At Manchester Hip Clinic our team will carry out a thorough investigation using the latest diagnostic equipment and the impartial advice you receive will help you make informed choices when considering surgery.
This is a relatively common condition that can cause significant pain on the outer aspect of the hip. It tends to be constant, often tender to touch and its intensity can vary over time.
This is a relatively common condition in which there is a structural abnormality in either the femoral head or the pelvic cup. Normally, as the hip flexes up, the bony pelvis and flexible cartilaginous rim (Labrum) sit into the concave femoral neck.
This injury usually occurs in patients who have femero-acetabular impingement. These patients have either an abnormal bump on their femoral neck or an overhanging pelvic cup. In both these cases, the soft cartilaginous cup rim (labrum) gets damaged (figure 1)as the hip bends up. Initially the rim is simply peeled back but eventually it becomes torn and occasionally shredded. Patients are typically younger and very active, often taking part in sports such as running, kick-boxing, mountain biking and horse riding. Occasionally it can occur due to a severe and traumatic injury e.g. hip dislocation while playing rugby.
This condition occurs when there is degeneration in the hip causing damage to the joint surface (figures 1 and 2). There are numerous different causes but the most common is osteoarthritis and this is most often seen in the older patient. However, it can occur earlier due to abnormalities within the hip. This may be due to a previous injury, childhood hip disease, femero-acetabular impingement or problems with the blood supply to the hip.
This can be a relatively common condition in active people of all ages and can be caused by a variety of problems.