No one needs to live with hip pain, but how do you know when you need a hip replacement? Hip replacement surgery may be an option when your hip arthritis is causing pain that interferes with your daily life.
Signs you need a hip replacement
- Pain during activity
Pain in your hip that heightens with activity and lessens with rest.
- Delayed hip pain
Pain that comes on after activity and lasts for a few days.
- Pain that interrupts sleep
If your hip pain is keeping you up at night or wakes you up during sleep.
- Bone on bone arthritis
Your hip X-rays show bone touching bone in your hip joint.
- Stiffness in your hip joint
Difficulty putting on shoes or socks, trouble sitting for long periods of time or problems getting in and out of chairs.
- Visual changes in your hip
Inflammation that causes noticeable swelling in your hip.
- Lifestyle limitations
If you find yourself saying no to your favorite activities such as playing with your grandchildren, gardening or going to the movies because of hip pain.
Doctors generally try to delay total hip replacement for as long as possible with non-surgical options including weight loss, physical therapy, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications.
However, if you are feeling depressed or frustrated because you can’t be as mobile as you want to be, these are signs you need a hip replacement and it’s time to speak to a total joint specialist about your options.
“Hip replacement surgery can greatly improve your quality of life, recover mobility and relieve you from pain,” said Dr. David Fisher, OrthoIndy total joint specialist. “However, the decision is completely up to the patient.”
Don’t let your hip pain hold you back. Ask an orthopedic doctor about the benefits and risks of hip replacement surgery and how it could change your life.
Learn more about joint replacement surgery at OrthoIndy.