hip painHip Pain And Arthritis: What You Need To Know

Some of you have told us you have pain in your hips. Several issues can cause hip pain, one of which is arthritis.


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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is wear and tear to bones and joints and is more common and presents at a younger age if:

  • You have hip damage from thalidomide. Some of you will have known about this for some time whilst others may only find out when X-rays are taken. Again this causes the hip to wear out earlier.
  • You use your legs as an arm. The increased use and range of movement of your legs can also cause the hip joint to wear out earlier.

If the pain lasts longer than a few weeks, and is causing you to stop doing certain things, it will help to pay a visit to your GP and get an understanding of what’s causing the pain.

If your doctor thinks that arthritis is the cause, they may suggest an X-ray to look at the bones in the hip and assess the severity of any arthritis.

What if arthritis is diagnosed?

If arthritis is diagnosed the following may help:

  • Having physiotherapy to maintain the movement in your hips through a range of gentle movement exercises and activities.
    Your physiotherapist can also suggest specific exercises to maintain or improve the strength of the muscles around the hip joint, and this will help later if you have to have an operation.
    They can also advise you on the best way to walk with your hip pain and show you how to use a walking stick, or crutch.
    Find a physiotherapist near to you
    Contact the Trust to help you find a physiotherapist on 01480 474074 or email
  • Pacing your activities during the day to avoid putting too much pressure on your hips. Heat pads and painkillers can also help you manage your pain. Read our article below on Pacing For Pain to find out more.

Pacing For Pain


Further Information And Beneficiaries' Experiences Of Managing Pain

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self care cycle for managing pain


Having a hip replacement

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Having steroid injections

a thalidomider's hip joint X-ray shows that one side is not formed properly resulting in hip pain