5 Signs You May Need Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed in the United States every year. Over time, the beating our hips take from activity, injury, or simply a family history of arthritis can do a lot of damage. In fact, around 7 million Americans are living with a hip replacement. Until recently, many patients were told to delay hip replacement surgery as long as possible, due to concerns over early implant wear, usually of the plastic liner.
“Our patients in the joint replacement world are getting younger and younger. About 20 years ago, people who experienced an injury followed by arthritis at a young age were told to wait until they were older to have joint replacement surgery. But now, with more modern implants, younger patients can get joint replacement surgery and their implants will last up to 30 years or more. ” – Dr. Daniel Witmer, Joint Replacement Specialist.
There are many signs and symptoms that can lead to the need for a hip replacement. Here are a few signs which could mean it’s time to see one of our specialists at OAH.
- Experiencing chronic pain in your hip or groin area
This pain can occur from your groin to the outside of your hip and can happen when doing everyday activities such as walking, exercising, or at night before you go to bed.
- Your hip joint is stiff
This can make it difficult to bend over, put socks or shoes on, sit down, stand up, or climb the stairs. You might also experience pain when applying pressure, clicking or shifting when active, and deep pain if you’re experiencing stiffness in your hip.
- Other treatments aren’t helping
Not all hip pain indicates you need a hip replacement. There are other treatments such as medications or physical therapy. If these treatments aren’t helping, it might be time to talk to your physician.
- Your hip is swollen or tender
Swelling of the hip indicates damage whether it’s increased friction in the joint, fluid build-up, or other inflammatory conditions.
- You avoid certain activities because of your hip
Arthritis in your hip can cause you to avoid certain activities, such as going on a walk with your family, going to the store, or playing with your children or grandchildren due to hip discomfort. In some patients, this can be the first sign that something is wrong and is typically noticed by family or friends.
As we age, so do our bones, and it’s essential to understand how to take care of them or know when to see a specialist if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. At OAH, we usually don’t start with surgery. We start with non-operative treatment like physical therapy or injections. Only if necessary, we will approach your condition with a surgical treatment option.
Don’t let pain keep you from the things you enjoy doing most. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or any discomfort in your hips or joints, it’s time to see one of our specialists.
Make Your Move, today!