Are You Ready for Hip Replacement?
You may have sudden sharp pain in your hip or constant pain that makes it hard to sleep. Whichever it is, how do you know when it’s time to consider hip surgery? If you’re reading this blog, the thought of hip replacement has likely crossed your mind at one time or another. You’ve likely tried non-invasive treatment options like pain relievers, prescription pain medications, cortisone injections and perhaps even physical therapy. If you’re like most people, you want to avoid hip surgery. After all, it’s a big decision.
Why Your Hip Hurts
With over 50 million people in the US suffering from arthritis, it’s the leading cause of disability in the country. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease where the cartilage in your hip wears down. You may have heard the term “bone on bone”, which means exactly that – there is no longer cartilage acting as a cushion between the bones, and that’s what causes the pain in your hip.
Arthritis pain can be debilitating; however there are many non-invasive treatment options to help you manage the pain. In addition to medications, injections and physical therapy, lifestyle changes can positively impact your overall health. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Also, if you are overweight, losing weight may reduce your hip pain.
Hip Replacement Surgery
The goals of hip replacement are to alleviate hip pain and to restore hip motion. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are about 300,000 hip replacements done every year in the US, and about 90% of people get back to their normal activities within a few months of surgery.
Hip replacement is an elective surgery; so it’s a personal decision. How do you know when it’s time for surgery?
- When medications, non-surgical treatment and lifestyle changes no longer help manage your pain
- When your hip pain is impacting your mood, your decisions or your everyday life
Contact us to find out if you’re a candidate for total hip replacement. Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Care Institute has done over 500 successful hip replacement surgeries. Dr. Matthew Bradley is one of our total joint specialists, “Hip replacement surgery can be truly life changing. We love to see our patients return to a pain-free life and enjoy their favorite activities again.”
Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Care Institute is a comprehensive, premier team of specialists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, habilitation and prevention of sports and orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our patients and their families.