Hip arthritis or hip osteoarthritis is a common degenerative disease that results in pain and stiffness that progressively worsen as the disease progresses; often attributed to ageing. Many treatments exist to support the joint and minimise pain.

What is Hip Arthritis?

Arthritis is damage and wear of the cartilage lining the surfaces of the hip joint. In most cases the arthritis is caused by age-related wear and tear, however, it can develop secondary to other conditions such as trauma, avascular necrosis, femoroacetabular impingement, infection or an inflammatory condition

What are the symptoms of Hip Arthritis?

Hip arthritis may cause pain around the hip, buttock, thigh or knee. The hip becomes stiff and activities like putting your socks and shoes on can be more difficult. Many sufferers will wake up at night due to discomfort. As the disease progresses the severity of pain gradually increases causing significant mobility concerns. Arthritis isn’t always an age-related concern, and symptoms can begin young in limited instances, it may be noticed during vigorous sport for example.

How is Hip Arthritis diagnosed?

Usually, the symptoms and a careful examination will suggest the diagnosis. This is often confirmed with an X-ray or MRI scan. A physical exam may include observing the way you walk, feeling the joint and observing its movement and any noise attributed to its movement.

How is Hip Arthritis treated?

In the early stages, measures such as taking anti-inflammatories, cycling on an exercise bike and perhaps losing some weight can help control the symptoms. A course of exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist can be helpful.

Unfortunately, the condition is progressive and if the symptoms cannot be managed with these measures, then a hip replacement is a very effective surgical treatment. Additional surgical approaches include hip resurfacing and removing any bone spurs. All in all treatment options for arthritis are very good.

What is the outlook following treatment for Hip Arthritis?

Conservative treatments can be effective at relieving the pain of hip arthritis. However, for those with more advanced arthritis, the best option is often to surgically remove and replace the damaged bone and cartilage. The most appropriate treatment for you will depend on your unique circumstances. The most appropriate treatment for you will depend on your unique circumstances following your examination.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their hand or wrist and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of this condition with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of hip -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


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If you would like to learn about other hip treatments click the button below to find out more

our hip SURGEONS

Hip care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by Mr Simon Newman, Mr Chethan Jayaden, Mr Emeka Oragui and Mr Mark Webb. They are further supported by the orthopaedic team including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff. We perform over 300 hip replacements each year but offer a broad range of hip treatments to patients both young and old.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of hip problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

BSc(Hons) BM PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Simon is a Consultant Hip Surgeon practising at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London; The Lister Hospital, Chelsea and King Edward VIIs Hospital, Marylebone. He has a particular interest in the hip joint and has developed a large practice treating hip problems in adults of all ages. His philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients which involves engaging patients in the decision-making process about their treatment and utilising non-operative techniques, where possible. Should surgery be required, Simon performs any procedure with care, planning and precision.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MBA, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
meka is a Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His practice includes all aspects of hip surgery including hip replacements, hip redo or revision surgery, hip arthroscopy and sports injuries around the hip including sports man’s hernia (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor longus tears and tendinitis. He uses the muscle sparing direct anterior approach for hip replacements which allows some patients a faster recovery.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mark is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for sports related injuries. He strives to not only provide excellent surgical treatments but also rounded, bespoke care that allows his patients to get back to the activities they love. This is evident in his specialist training which includes a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from University College London to help him when treating all levels of athletes. Alongside surgical treatments, Mr. Webb offers non-operative (conservative) options including using orthobiologics, such as PRP and stem cells, to treat the symptoms of early arthritis, as well as tendon injuries. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations using the best evidence available

What some of our patients say

Mrs MA

Thank you for taking care of me. You went above and beyond and I am so touched and grateful. My knee feels fine now