Hip arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that can decrease mobility and profoundly upset quality of life.
Hip arthritis can originate from a variety of underlying injuries, conditions or illnesses. The end result is that the hip joint (a ball and socket joint that normally allows all possible motions) becomes rough, irregular and stiff.
As hip arthritis develops, motion of the hip joint becomes diminished and the remaining motion is painful – typical symptoms include groin, buttock and thigh pain, trouble with walking longer distances and difficulty with certain activities – reaching down to the toes or foot (unable to cut toenails or put on shoes and socks), lifting the affected leg when getting in or out of a car, difficulty going up and down stairs.
Walking is often painful, and many people develop aside-to-side “lurching” gait-pattern that is characteristic of hip related ailments.
Dr Doneley has a particular focus on treating people with arthritic conditions of the hip. He has undertaken overseas fellowship training devoted exclusively to management of hip disorders. The Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (Exeter, U.K.) where he was the Hip Research Fellow (2012), pioneered hip replacement surgery in its infancy and remains a world-renowned location for hip surgery.
Dr Doneley will assess your particular situation and condition during your consultation through interview, examination and review of your imaging studies (X-rays and other scans).