Hip replacements are a very common type of surgery. A lot of people face a high risk of hip fractures as they get older and are forced to consider hip replacement surgery at some point. Then there’s the recovery period to consider. Recovering from a hip replacement surgery can be a long, painful process. It can take months and you may not have the resources available to support you before, during, after your surgery.
The better option would be to take steps now to prevent the need for a hip replacement.
Here are some daily habits that may be increasing your risk of a hip fracture and the need for a hip replacement surgery.
- Diet – Your diet has a huge effect on your life, including your hips. An unhealthy diet makes your body weaker and heavier. A well-balanced diet that includes fresh vegetables and fruits will ensure you get the vitamins and minerals your body (and bones) need. It will also ensure that you maintain a healthy weight. Losing just a few pounds can make a big difference in the load your body (and hips) carry around. This can help immensely with pain management.
- Exercise – Exercise is an important tool you should use to help strengthen your body. If you don’t exercise, your joints, tendons, and muscles become weak. Weak joints, muscles, and bones are more prone to injury than strong ones. If you suffer from hip pain, consider working out. However, not all exercises are equal. Some exercises may cause your hip pain to get even worse. It’s important to consult with a doctor and physical trainer so that you are correctly performing the exercises that will help make you stronger instead of making your hip pain worse.
- Injuries – One of the most common causes of hip fractures is injury. Whether you fall down trying to grab something from a high shelf in the kitchen or get into an accident while playing a sport, potential injuries are all around you. If you are at risk of a hip fracture, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and make conscious decisions on the activities you participate in. Although it’s impossible to prevent all injuries, you can greatly reduce your risk of becoming injured by being careful about what you do in your daily life.
- Medications – A important part of pain management is taking the right kinds of medications that will work to control the pain. If you experience hip pain, talk to your doctor about pain management options such as anti-inflammatories and cortisone injections. Anti-inflammatories are great for managing pain because they help bring inflammation down in the body. Although this is not a permanent fix, they can help temporarily relieve pain. Cortisone injections are a type of steroid that relieves pain caused by issues such as arthritis. Cortisone can temporarily relieve pain and help you avoid hip replacement for a longer time.
- Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is a great way to strengthen your joints and muscles so that you can live a comfortable life. If you think physical therapy is only for people who have already had surgery, you are wrong! You can do physical therapy at any time and it can even help you avoid the need for surgery. It is important to find a physical therapist who understands your condition and can suggest workouts catered to your needs. This will help you strengthen your body and avoid any exercises that could potentially cause injury or further pain.
The experts at Tarpon Orthopedics are sports medicine, spine and pain specialists. They know the ins and outs of the body as well as what your body needs to thrive. If you suffer from hip pain, call (972) 596-1059 to make an appointment to discuss your treatment options.