Managing Arthritis: Try These Treatment Options Before Total Hip Replacement
Easing Your Hip Pain
Hip arthritis is one of the common reasons for hip pain to take place. Hip arthritis ranges from mild to moderate in intensity, and doctors usually recommend non-surgical options initially. However, if the hip condition deteriorates and impacts one’s daily activities then a total hip replacement may be advised. There are various treatment options to try before proceeding with hip surgery.
Hip arthritis can be managed by different conservative options. These treatment options include physical activity, lifestyle modifications, medications, supplements, and alternative therapies. Not every person will benefit from these options. The doctor will advise the correct treatment based on the patient’s pain level.
Exercises especially low-impact exercises are known to impede the progress of hip arthritis. Low-impact exercises such as walking, cycling, yoga, tai-chi, and swimming are strongly recommended. Although keeping the hips active is important, avoiding high-impact exercises like jumping or running is advisable. Stretching also benefits the hip by providing pain relief in the joints. If unsure, speak to the doctor or physical therapist for advice.
Adjusting your lifestyle
Making a transition towards a healthy lifestyle will create a positive impact on the hip. Such lifestyles include weight loss, reducing stress, a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, and decreasing alcohol intake. Getting a sufficient amount of sleep and controlling one’s physical activity level is also essential.
At times, hip arthritis without medical treatment may not work for some people. In such cases, doctors often recommend pain relief medications that are available over the counter (OTC). In extreme hip situations, the healthcare provider may need to prescribe stronger pain medication. For severe hip arthritis, a physician may turn to steroid injections which only provides temporary relief. This injection decreases pain and swelling of the hip.
Supplements and alternatives
Many believe in natural treatment options to relieve arthritic pain like heating pads, topical ointments, acupuncture, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Using walking aids such as a cane or walking frame gives additional support and avoids exerting pressure on the hip. Supplements such as vitamin D or glucosamine have been used however, there is not much evidence of efficacy. Before considering a supplement, speak to a healthcare specialist first.
Seeing an orthopedist
Hip arthritis causes pain that aggravates one’s daily life. People with hip arthritis always try to find ways to lessen the pain and avoid surgery. A visit to a specialist will give one various treatment options to manage hip pain. However, in severe cases, a total hip replacement may be necessary depending on the condition. At the visit, inquire about all possible options and find out what is the best one.
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