Our hip joint is made up of pelvis and femur bone (thigh bone). It considered a ball & socket type of joint. The ball is made up of the femur head and the socket is part of the pelvis bone. There is cartilage on both surfaces of the joint, which protects and cushions the bones and let them move easily.

In Hip Osteoarthritis, over time the cartilage between joints wears away and protective joint space between two bones decreases. Eventually, the friction between bone surfaces gets started by rubbing out. In some cases, in the absence of the cartilage the bone starts to grow outwards and forms bony spurs which are also known as osteophytes. This condition takes a long time to develop and worsens over time.

Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis…

There are certain factors that act together for developing hip osteoarthritis. Some of them are:

  • Increasing age,
  • Obesity,
  • Family history,
  • Past history of injury at hip,
  • Playing high impact sports like football, hockey, wrestling and
  • Congenital defects (By Birth)

    Presentation of this condition 

    Presentation of pain is progressive pain in groin and hip radiating towards thighs and knees, stiffness in hips after prolonged rest and in morning specially, a grinding noise in hip with reduced movements which restricts normal walking pattern, and higher pain in rainy weather.

        How Can Physiotherapy Help?

        Our Physiotherapists are specialized in assessment and personalized approach to treat every osteoarthritis. The treatment to minimize OA’s sign and symptoms include strengthening & stretching program, weight loss along with certain pain management protocol.

        Lifestyle modifications play a major part in managing Hip OA and We can help you to build a personalized exercise program that meets your needs and lifestyle.


        Written by: Anjali Patel. Registered Physiotherapist Resident. Orthopedic Physiotherapist. Concussion Management


        Orthopedic Division Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Theory Manual



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