• Liz Clare

What you need to know about 'dodgy' hips

One of the most common patients we see are Osteoarthrits patients of the hip….

What do we know about our hips?

Our hip is the joint where your thigh bone and pelvis meet. Hips are called ball-and-socket joints because the ball-like top of your thigh bone moves within a cup-like space in your pelvis. Your hips are usually very stable, and it takes a great deal of force to hurt them. Playing sports, running, overuse or falling can lead to hip injuries.

The poor hip can go through all of these conditions:

  • Avascular necrosis

  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

  • Hip bursitis

  • Hip dislocation

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Hip fracture

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

So if you have hip pain it could be one of these conditions and all of our clinics in the MBSTUK community can help you.

Diagnosing your Hip Condition

To make our diagnosis, we start with your clinical exam with our health professionals, conduct a thorough health history, talk with you about your pattern of symptoms.


X-rays, CT scans, MRI, ultrasound or arthrogram may be required. But our hips are quite direct in telling us where and what the problem is and our team our very experienced in supporting you get the correct diagnosis.


Treating Hip Injuries and Conditions

As always If you have suffer from any hip trauma, seek treatment right away. Failure to do so risks further complications, such as chronic instability, weakness, pain or malunion (where a fracture heals in a bad position that is difficult to undo). Getting that diagnosis quickly means we can treat you while the injury is simpler to treat. But, even if a problem has been misdiagnosed or is a long-term issue, we can still help.

Treatment varies widely, depending on the problem; treatment for hip disorders may include rest, medicines, physiotherapy or surgery, including hip replacement. But with MBST that is what we try and prevent!


MBST has a treatment course dedicated to the hips.



Why is it that 'dodgy' hips can be so common?


Many people have weak and tight hips due to excessive sitting and too little exercise. On the other end of the spectrum people can over use their hips and this can also cause pain.

Hips need flexibility and support by all of the muscles around them. The Gluteus Maximus and Gluteus medius are the main targets to stretch and strengthen. (Basically your bottom!)

Hip pain can impact your back and also knee pain.


Osteoarthritis can be quite common in the hips. I would say hip OA is one of our most treated condition with the MBST technology. Also from may experience I am hyper mobile so I have super flexible hips. Strength training is important here.


Healthy hips are critical for sitting, standing, walking, running, bending and just about every other motion. When your hips hurt, it can be a serious interference to your everyday activities. Hip pain can come from many sources, like arthritis or other rheumatic diseases that affect joints and connective tissues.


If you're already in pain, you may need the help of a specialist to feel relief. But if you're not—or if you're just feeling the minor pains of everyday life—you can stop those annoying aches in their tracks with a healthy, active lifestyle.


Here are five major ways you can be proactive about hip health:

  1. Keep your weight in the healthy range. The amount of weight you put on your hips is directly related to the amount of pain you experience, especially if you have arthritis—so maintaining a healthy weight is important. If you’re overweight, shedding even a few extra pounds can provide tremendous relief.

  2. Eat a balanced diet. Vitamin C helps with the formation of collagen, which helps cushion and lubricate the hip bones in their sockets, improve bone health and prevent fractures. It's also a good idea to include a wide range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods in your diet including dark, leafy greens; fatty fish like salmon; extra virgin olive oil; berries; and nuts and seeds.

  3. Avoid injury around the house. Though we may feel safest at home, it happens to be where most injuries occur. There's no time like the present to assess your home through the lens of hip health to see if there’s room for improvement. Something as simple as clearing out clutter or improving the lighting in your home can help lower your potential for slips, trips and falls, which are big contributors to hip injuries.

  4. Exercise regularly (and smartly). Even small amounts of exercise can help maintain strong muscles, slow bone loss and improve balance, and keeping your hips strong and flexible can help prevent injury in the future. Be proactive about stretching and exercising regularly, with proper form, to help maintain a healthy range of motion in your hips. It can be as simple as swimming a few laps or climbing stairs. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

  5. Listen to your body. Exercise can help relieve hip pain caused by arthritis or bursitis, but it’s important to pay attention to signals your body sends. A little muscle soreness is normal after exercise, but if the pain lingers more than a few days (or becomes worse) it could be a bigger warning sign. If you ever experience a sharp, shooting pain during exercise, stop the exercise immediately and call your doctor.


If you are still struggling please do not hesitate to contact one of our health professionals. We are located across the country.

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