According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of hip replacement surgeries performed each year has doubled over the last decade, leading many to believe that if they have chronic hip pain, going under the knife is an anticipated and necessary solution.
While there are certain instances when a hip replacement is unavoidable, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you keep all of your original parts and avoid the risks of replacement.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
The effect of excess weight on hip joints is thought to be so strong that current studies are evaluating the use of a weight loss and exercise plan as a method for delaying hip replacements due to arthritis. “We see more hip pain with obesity,” says Anne Wolf, RD, MS, a dietician and researcher at the University of Virginia. “The hip is a weight-bearing joint: The more weight we carry, the more wear and tear the hip feels.” If increasing activity at your current fitness level and weight is too difficult, explore the option of getting to a healthy point through the use of anti-gravity technology, like the Zero G-Flex treadmill, which can remove hip pain as your limiting factor to better health and help you improve mobility and function.
Not only will regular exercise help maintain a healthy BMI, it will help to strengthen the core muscles, or those around the abdomen, hips and back. Having a strong “core” helps your posture, which then supports your spinal alignment, which then properly distributes the weight of your body over the hip joints and prevents uneven wear from imbalanced mechanical movement. Also, vary the types of exercises you do, so that you can gain strength and flexibility in all the different muscle groups without overtaxing the joints or contributing to hip pain.
An extremely effective approach to hip pain management and for avoiding a hip replacement is physical therapy for conditioning weakened muscles and to improve imbalances that may be causing uneven wear on your joints. Targeted exercise will develop muscles that support the joints, and stretches will reduce the pull on joint structures and keep muscles pliable.
Explore Treatment Options
Technological innovation regularly contributes to advancements in pain management options for hip pain. Gone are the days of a limited, standardized treatment protocol and a one-size-fits-all approach to care. Treatments like VisCare-Flex, were once restricted to use in knee joints, but are now an FDA-approved, non-surgical approach for relubricating degraded, painful joints throughout the rest of the body, including the hips. If your care team doesn’t investigate advanced pain management options for you, it may be time to explore other options.
Hip Pain Doesn’t Mean a Necessary Replacement
At Flexogenix, we strive to help our patients achieve and maintain an active and pain-free lifestyle by offering innovative, non-surgical options for musculoskeletal conditions. By providing innovative, comprehensive care, we can provide you with a personalized plan to get you on the road to recovery. Cus today to learn more about your options!