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In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal bouts of horrible pain pre-op and the fun of struggling to get a new joint working correctly, but the reality is, I was fairly ok.
A few short months ago, I suddenly seemed to be falling once in awhile for no obvious reason. This was rather strange for someone who had climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the SECOND time in January , as well as climbing in the mountains of Madagascar. I was there in February 2011 to photograph endangered animals - and I did so without EVER falling.
The pain in my left hip (yes, it's artificial) suddenly became excruciating with accompanying pain down my entire left leg. The pain in my entire ba...
The inability to stand on 1 leg for 10 seconds or to squat down to reach the floor represent strong early predictors of hip fracture and mortality in postmenopausal women, according to a 15-year follow-up study presented here at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2014 annual meeting.
Weight-bearing exercise is important for the health of your bones, because it strengthens them and helps to prevent further bone loss as you age. But what about balance exercise? Isn’t this very important too? According to the ASBMR the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds is a strong predictor of hip fracture. Most of us include some form of balance exercise in our daily workout, whether it’s heel lifts, yoga or Tai Chi ; but can you actually stand on one leg as long as you need to, to strengthen your hip and improve your balance?
Dynamic balance training helps prevent falls and assists in normal daily activities while strentheni...
Since reading about how hip arthritis is diagnosed , you now know that the leg bone is connected to the hip bone and that hip joint pain is felt in the groin. Let’s turn our attention to the treatment of hip arthritis. Some might want to jump right into joint replacement surgery; however, there are many non-surgical steps to take before a slamming a new joint into place. Remember, changing out a body part is not as simple as fixing a car. Replacing a bad alternator on a car does not require hospitalization, anesthesia, pain control, and months of rehabilitation. No, replacing a bad alternator is just a two hour job with no risks and no prolonged recovery. Furthermore, after hip replacement surgery, you cannot just “drive” off with a guarantee of a perfect joint with unlimited capabilities. With this realization in mind, exploring the non-surgical treatments of hip arthritis is worthwhile along the road to a big joint surgery.
When the hip joint starts to hurt while wa...
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