More than 20 million individuals in the UK, representing nearly one-third of the population, grapple with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions like arthritis or back pain. These conditions manifest through symptoms such as pain, stiffness, restricted mobility, and disability, significantly impacting their quality of life and independence.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) issues pose a significant challenge to individuals, with chronic hip pain being a notable example. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this burden, straining MSK services and leading to longer wait times and reduced accessibility.

Hip-related pain can severely limit daily activities such as work, socialising, and sleep. In England, MSK complaints constitute around 30% of GP consultations, highlighting their prevalence and impact.

Hip osteoarthritis primarily affects men under 50 and women over 50, causing pain in the groin and lateral hip. Stiffness, especially in the morning, and discomfort during activity or sleep are common symptoms.

Evidence supports weight loss and exercise as fundamental in managing hip osteoarthritis, despite guidelines primarily focusing on knee osteoarthritis. Manual therapy, including chiropractic care, often complements exercise regimes. Individualised approaches are crucial, considering factors like patient preferences and medical history.

Fear-avoidance behaviours can hinder progress, emphasising the need for gradual exercise plans tailored to patient preferences and goals. Effective communication is key, as patients may misinterpret medical jargon, leading to misconceptions about their condition.

Patients not responding to conservative management should be referred to a GP for further evaluation, particularly if their quality of life is significantly impacted. Persistent pain, functional limitations, or progressive joint deformities warrant a comprehensive assessment to explore alternative treatment options or specialised care.

In summary, chiropractic care can alleviate hip osteoarthritis symptoms through a combination of manual therapy and exercise. By tailoring treatment plans to individual patient needs and preferences, the professionals at Backworks can optimise outcomes and improve patients’ quality of life.

Through collaborative efforts and a patient-centred approach, we can better address the challenges posed by hip osteoarthritis and empower individuals to lead healthier, more active lives.