Don’t Put Off The Hip Replacement

Male Osteopath Treating Female Patient With Hip ProblemSince the first hip replacement was performed in 1960, steady medical advancements have continued to improve the effectiveness of the procedure. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, hip replacement is one of the more successful operation types with more than 285,000 performed in the United States each year.

Regardless of its success, hip replacement is still a major surgery that requires serious consideration. Are fear and uncertainty making you reluctant to have the operation? If your doctor recommends this treatment for you, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t put it off.

Restored mobility

Your hip joints are involved in a number of everyday activities, most notably walking. As the condition of the joint deteriorates, it significantly impacts your quality of life by limiting normal movements. Post-surgery, most patients are able to walk more comfortably and resume activities such as swimming, dancing and golf.

Pain relief

As cartilage continues to wear away, allowing the bones to rub together, pain level increases. At first you’ll feel discomfort during movements such as climbing stairs or rising from a chair. Eventually it will reach the point where pain is present even while sitting or lying down, preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Sometimes the pain is beyond the reach of temporary treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients report that surgery reduces and even eliminates their pain.

Improved coordination

When your hip is damaged by arthritis or injury, your leg and torso are under stress from overcompensating to allow for the joint’s reduced function. Hip surgery can help to relieve the stress and reduce any additional pain.

The choice to undergo hip replacement is not one to be taken lightly, but it does have the potential to free you from a number of debilitating symptoms. Our team of orthopedic professionals will help you make the decision that’s best for you.

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