OA hip question

kazzab456 Member Posts: 23
edited 23. Jun 2017, 13:16 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi I've got OA in my right hip, i've had it for approx 6 years and i've noticed that recently that after working sat at my desk when I stand up my right hip feels like it's clicking into the socket (there's no audible click) and my right leg is shorter than my left, it's then really hard to walk without hobbling.

I can straighten the leg out so it's the same size as my left but this is extremely painful, I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this. It just comes and goes there's no real reason or pattern to it.


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,635
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi kazzab, my name is Emma & I'm a moderator. Firstly, welcome to Arthritis Care Forums. As mods we are here to help with any problems you may have using the forums.

    From personal experience I know exactly what you mean. I had congenital dislocated hips when I was born & had an operation that meant I have one leg shorter than the other. I have pain in my hip when it's not elevated, & used to work with my legs raised. This seemed to make a difference & now I'm at home, I always raise them. I don't know if this is something you can do but it's worth a try.

    Also, sitting at your desk for long periods of time is not good as it stiffens your hip. So if you can get up once an hour for 5 mins, this might help. I used to make lots of tea runs just to be able to get away from my desk.

    I found that I had to take notice of the pain in my hip and recognise when you need to move it so, even if the pain is minor, try and move your legs until the pain dies down.

    If you have pain constantly, then a pain specialist might be a good option. I have a great Dr who works with me to see if there is anything that can be done to reduce the pain. In addition, you might need to see an Orthopaedic Dr who can see what's going on in your hip through an MRI.

    I hope this helps but please click on the following link to see our factsheet on Osteoarthritis https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/what-is-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/62-o-osteoarthritis.

    If you need more specific information, you can always contact our Helpline at: https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/help-and-support/helpline

    In addition to the above, there are many lovely people who use the forums with a wide range of experiences. Have a good look through the different forums and pick the ones you feel are best for the information you seek.

    Best wishes,

  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello kazzab456 and welcome to the forum form me
    I have had both hips replaced, I agree with Emma you do need to have it x-rayed or an MRI just to see the extent of the damaged..I remember the hip displacing especially when getting up fro sitting,later on it would just from under me for no reason..I do hope you can get some help soon..