5 signs you need a hip replacement
23 August 2021
If those aches and pains aren’t going away, you may be asking yourself ‘do I need a hip replacement?’
The hip joint is the largest joint in our body, and years of wear and tear, from sport injuries to everyday activity, can all contribute to hip pain. In many cases the pain will go away with time and can be managed with rest and over-the-counter painkillers.
However if you feel something is not quite right with your hip, look out for these 5 signs and discuss with your GP:
- Pain: persistent or recurring pain in and around the hip joint. Often described as groin or buttock pain. You may also experience pain in your knees or groin
- Difficulty exercising: limited hip motion or degree of bend in the joint, alongside aches in your hip during and after exercise
- Limited mobility: difficulty walking, managing stairs and getting in and out of chairs
- Disturbed sleep: unable to sleep due to the pain, or stiffness in the hip joint when you get out of bed
- Noticeable changes: such as a ‘grating’ feeling in the hip joint.
This is a non-exhaustive list, if you are in any doubt, consult with your GP.
What is a hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery, also known as a total hip replacement or total hip arthroplasty, is an operation that replaces worn or damaged sections of the hip with an artificial joint.
It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.
When should I visit my GP?
If you have experienced any of these symptoms and are worried, you should discuss them with your GP. Unless your symptoms are very severe and debilitating, your GP is likely to first recommend pain relief or physiotherapy before suggesting an operation, but if and when they agree that you need a hip replacement you can ask to be referred to us for your treatment.
Our team is dedicated to delivering high-quality treatment to our patients while also ensuring they feel as comfortable as possible throughout their stay with us.