If you have these symptoms, you might need a hip replacement.
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Hip replacement is a surgical procedure to replace your hip joint with an artificial one. It’s used most often when arthritis has worn away the cartilage in the hip joint, but it can also be used to treat other conditions such as bone tumors and fractures. There are some signs you have arthritis and could be approaching the need for hip replacement. Although, toward the end of this video, I’ll share my personal philosophy about arthritis and hip replacement.
You have severe arthritis in one or both of your hips. The most common cause of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. It’s more common in older people, but it can also strike younger people who are very active.
If you have severe pain that keeps you from doing daily activities or causes you to limp, see your doctor right away. They will likely order an X-ray to determine the status of the cartilage and bone in your hip.
Pain is a common symptom of arthritis. The pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of your condition. If you’re experiencing chronic hip pain, and you’re struggling to do your daily activities, it can be important to see your doctor to determine whether or not a hip replacement is the best option.
If you’re experiencing pain in your hip, it can be difficult to move around as freely as before. You may notice that the pain becomes worse when walking and climbing stairs.
Your pain is not improving with other treatments such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications. That’s probably the indication most joint replacement surgeons use – significant arthritis changes on x-ray and failure of physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor about your options. They can help determine if surgery is right for you or if there are other treatments that might work better.
I am a big believer in helping people with arthritis avoid joint replacement. While hip replacements help many people, a significant percentage have issues even up to a year later and are unhappy with their outcomes. And even if the surgery and recovery go well, they often struggle to do the activities they want to do.
That’s why I use a comprehensive approach that involves a number of different treatments to try to stop the damage to the hip, support and strengthen the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the hip, and rebuild the cartilage and bone. My goal is not just to decrease you pain, but to allow you to do what you love to do as well as absolutely possible.
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This post is meant for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.