Hip and knee pain

Hip and knee pain

Chronic hip or knee pain changes your life by limiting your ability to walk, sit comfortably, sleep, exercise or perform normal daily activities.

Replacement surgery isn’t the only answer. Helping us to help you take care of your health can really help you overcome the day to day challenges of your condition and improve your quality of life.

Click here to view our leaflet which gives you information on your options and the small changes you can make to improve your health. Note: from 16 October 2017, people with a BMI of 35 or over will now be offered support to lose weight through a Health Optimisation Programme. 

What causes hip and knee damage?

Some common reasons why a hip joint can become damaged include:

• Osteoarthritis – often age-related thinning of the cartilage leading to damage to the joint. Previous joint injury can also contribute to this.

• Rheumatoid arthritis – where the immune system attacks the lining of the joint, resulting in pain and stiffness.

• Hip fracture – the hip joint becomes severely damaged during a fall/accident and needs replacing.

The most common reason for knee damage is osteoarthritis. Other conditions include:

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Gout – a type of arthritis that causes sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling.

• Knee injury

When hip and knee pain interferes with your ability to move and live comfortably it’s time to speak to your doctor about what options are available to help. This will probably start with changes in lifestyle: exercise, weight loss and physiotherapy. If these options do not work, it’s time to discuss replacement surgery, look at what you hope to achieve with surgery and how it will benefit your quality of life.