Do you have Hip Pain?

Hip replacement surgery involves replacing worn or damaged hip joints with implants to reduce pain and improve movement. It provides excellent results for many and is usually performed on those above 60 but may also benefit young patients with certain conditions. To help your doctor decide if hip replacement surgery is ideal for you, answer the questions below.

  • Do you experience:
    • localised hip pain
    • diffuse hip pain
    • pain at rest
    • pain during activities
  • Does the pain wake you from sleep?
  • Do you need to take pain medications to relieve the pain?
  • Do you take anti-inflammatories to relieve pain?
  • Do you experience stiffness?
  • Do you experience mechanical symptoms such as clicking, catching or giving way?
  • Have you noticed you are walking with a limp?
  • Do you use a walking stick or other walking aids?
  • Do your symptoms stop you from performing day to day activities such as getting up from a chair?
  • Do your symptoms stop you from performing your usual sports or hobbies?
  • Do you experience groin or buttock pain?
  • Do you experience pain on the side of the hip?

This is usually a sign that the cause of the pain may not be within the hip joint itself

  • Do you experience restriction of range of motion?
  • Do your symptoms affect your personal relationships?

If you have answered yes to more than five questions, then a specialist review would be advisable.

Supporting investigations would be helpful and this includes:

A plain X-ray of the Pelvis consisting of a front view (AP) and a front view (AP) and side view (Lateral) of the affected side is worthwhile.