Hip Osteoarthritis


Vitalis Physiotherapy personalises a unique treatment program for Hip Osteoarthritis to:

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we tailor our treatment plans with exercises and physical activity recommendations for your Hip OA. Our program is designed for you, to restore functionality and minimise pain to get you back and moving. Through physical therapy intervention, we aim to reduce your symptoms to prevent further deterioration or surgical intervention.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disorder that can affect any moveable joint of the body, for example hips, knees, and hands. It can display itself as a breakdown of tissues and abnormal changes to the cell structures of joints. It may be initiated by injury, that activate maladaptive repair responses. As the joint tries to repair, it can lead to other problems.

  • Complex disorder of synovial joints, affecting all joint tissues.
  • Clinical syndrome of joint pain, functional limitation, and impaired quality of life.
  • Chronic disease with varying symptom severity.
Hip OA
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What are the causes?

There are two main types of Hip OA:

  1. Primary – more generalised OA affecting the hips and/or other joints
  2. Secondary – OA that occurs after an injury or inflammation in joints or cartilage

The condition affects 7% – 25% of adults aged over 55 years. Though the specific causes of Hip OA aren’t exactly known, some risk factors include:

  • Lifestyle Impacts – obesity
  • Joint injury
  • Repetitive stress/overloading of the joint
  • Genetic influences on cartilage degeneration
  • Increasing age
  • Poorly formed joints (congenital)
  • High-impact sports – running, soccer, netball, etc.

There is strong evidence that exercise programs for Hip OA is just effective as pain medication in the short to medium term.

How it is diagnosed?

If you suspect that you have or are developing Hip OA, a medical professional or physiotherapist can do a historical health analysis and physical examination.

Additionally, you may be referred for imaging tests to determine the extent of your condition, or to rule out differential diagnoses.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we will closely assess your symptoms to try and determine the best course of action for you. At your initial appointment, you’ll be able to inform the physiotherapist about your condition, and they’ll give their own objective assessment to determine your treatment plan.


Hip OA Symptoms

  • Usage related pain – mechanical
  • Radiating pain through the groin, buttocks and/or lower back
  • Short lived morning stiffness < 30min
  • Feeling of giving way or buckling
  • Impaired physical function such as walking or stairs
  • Bony enlargement and tenderness
  • Limited ROM
  • Ligamentous instability
  • Altered gait pattern

Major risk factors for worsening pain/physical function

  • Increasing age > 55 years old
  • Increasing body mass index
  • Increased co-morbidity count
  • Higher baseline severity (both radiographic and symptomatic)
  • Bilateral hip symptoms
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slower walking speed

What would treatment look like?

While the program is personalised for your recovery and management goals, we do have a few generalised Hip OA treatment options.

These include:

  • Stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Postural improvement
  • Soft tissue mobilisations (massage)
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • A unique home exercise program – pelvic floor exercises and more
  • Graded Exposure to load program
  • Additional lifestyle recommendations

Need Help

Are you in pain caused by Hip Osteoarthritis? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy, a ‘physiotherapist near me’, to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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