Hip conditions

Hip joints are relatively simple. Each one comprises a ball at the end of the femur, or thigh bone, which fits into a hole, or socket, in the pelvis.

Both the socket and the head of the femur are coated in cartilage, to ensure they move smoothly together, and the whole joint is covered in a fibrous capsule, which both supports and lubricates the joint.


There are a number of conditions which can cause hip pain, of which the most common is osteoarthritis, a broad-ranging term that can be loosely translated as bone inflammation.

Osteoarthritis in the hip can be caused by localised infection, damage to the cartilage that coats the moving parts of the joint, osteophytes, or bony growths around the edge of the joint. Children can also suffer from a specific type of hip pain known as irritable hip.

Hip Conditions

Treating hip pain

Chronic hip pain can sometimes be treated without major surgery, although this will only become apparent on more detailed examination.

Options to alleviate hip pain include both non-operative and operative treatments, up to and including complete hip replacements and revision hip replacements.

Hip pain that is caused by minor muscular strains, worn cartilage, bursitis, excessive exercise or mild osteoarthritis will benefit from either non-operative treatment or minimally invasive surgery.

It is, however, important to have early and accurate diagnosis of the causes of chronic hip pain.

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Trauma resulting in hip fracture, severe bone infection, malformation of the joint, or conditions where non-invasive treatment may all need to be treated by an operation to replace some or all of the joint.

Operations – known as revisions – are sometimes needed to upgrade or replace some or all of a hip replacement.

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