Osteoarthritis (OA) Hip Assessment Service

This service has been specifically designed for people who suffer with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. It has been developed in collaboration with Orthopaedic Consultants from both Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals, GPs, dieticians and commissioners. 

The aims of the service are as follows:

• To improve early access in the treatment pathway to information on options and alternatives to surgery as well as likely outcomes
• To allow patients to participate fully in decisions about their care with their Physiotherapist
• To help manage symptoms through:
               -Improved Fitness
               -Improved Mobility
               -Education
• To improve pre-operative preparation for those needing surgery
• To refer to an Orthopaedic Surgeon for consideration of a total hip replacement should this be required
• To improve post-operative recovery following a total hip replacement

The group based sessions run at all of our sites include:

• Exercises for improved fitness and flexibility
• Exercises for strength and mobility
• Weight loss and dietary advice
• Education on anatomy and osteoarthritis
• Education around total hip replacement surgery and what it involves
• Advice regarding pain control and management
• Advice regarding smoking cessation
• Video footage of the ‘expert’ patient

If hip conditions are severe or a group setting is difficult to attend (due to hearing or visual loss) patients may be offered individual sessions. These will cover the same material as the groups but it will be tailored to specific requirements.

All of the clinical assessments are carried out by our senior Physiotherapists who will be responsible for ongoing care whilst patients are on the programme. If the programme is completed and patients are able to self-manage their symptoms, there will be a one and three month telephone review from the Physiotherapists to check progress and suggest an assessment should this be required. After this patients can refer themselves back to us at any time should the symptoms change.

We ask all patients who come through the OA Hip Assessment Service to complete a brief questionnaire to let us know how they found the service, highlight any benefits and give suggestions for improvement where necessary.

The following comments have been taken directly from those questionnaires:

‘The exercises have had a significant impact on improving my strength and mobility’

‘I found the course to be of an exceptionally high standard, run by a very competent facilitator & provided all the information I required and made the course enjoyable. Overall rating: Excellent’

‘This is an efficient and professional service carried out in a clear and pleasant way’

‘Everything has been a great help and was just what I wanted to help me manage any difficulty I had’

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines for osteoarthritis and this highlights that exercise should be a ‘core treatment’ for patients with osteoarthritis

The West Suffolk Hip Service provides further information for patients diagnosed with Hip Osteoarthritis

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