Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the trochanteric bursa.  The trochanteric bursa sits on the side of the hip working as a lubricant for the movement of the muscles of the hip joint.  Occasionally, the bursa can become inflamed for no obvious reason. However it is commonly seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, hip joint disorders, […]

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Snapping Hip

What is snapping hip syndrome? It is a medical condition characterised by a snapping or popping sensation as the hip is bent up or straightened. How does it occur? It occurs when tendons have become thickened (often due to exercise) and they catch over a bony prominence in the hip. This occurs at the level […]

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Metal on Metal

Hip replacement is one of the most successful operations ever devised. The goal of a hip replacement is to remove your pain, give you the best possible function and have an implant that lasts as long as possible. However, most surgeons accept that standard metal on plastic hip replacements might need to be revised within […]

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Labral Tear – Diagnosis and Treatment

What is the labrum? The labrum is a type of cartilage that attaches to the socket of the ‘ball and socket’ hip joint. This provides extra stability to the hip. A Labral Tear can be as the result of an accident/injury or due to degeneration, or repetitive friction (hip impingement). How does it tear? The Labrum can tear either […]

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Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) is a term we hear a lot but what actually is it? This page looks at what Hip Osteoarthritis is and what the treatment options are. Osteoarthritis is due to wear of the cartilage. Cartilage is the coating at the end of your bones, and this allows movement between bones (and […]

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Femoro-Acetabular Impingement

Femoro-Acetabular Impingement Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition of where the ball shaped femoral head rubs abnormally or does not have a full range of movement, creating pain and damage.  The damage can occur to the articular cartilage (smooth surface of the ball or socket) or the labral cartilage (soft tissue bumper of the socket). […]

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Avascular Necrosis

Avascular Necrosis Avascular Necrosis (AVN) is a disease where there is cellular death (necrosis) of bone components due to interruption of the blood supply. Without blood, the bone tissue dies and the bone collapses. When avascular necrosis involves the bones of the hip joint, it often leads to destruction of the joint articular surfaces resulting […]

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Acetabular Dysplasia

Acetabular Dysplasia What is Acetabular dysplasia? Acetabular dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip or congenital dislocation of the hip, is a condition defined by inadequate development of the acetabulum. The hip socket (acetabulum) is shallow and “dish shaped” rather than deep and “cup shaped”.  It is most commonly associated with a subtle […]

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Hip Anatomy

Hip Anatomy – The hip is a ball and socket joint. The aim of this page is to explain a bit more about the Hip Anatomy. The Femoral head (ball) sits in the Acetabulum (socket) -this type of joint allows multidirectional movement.                             […]

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