Yes, you can remain active and avoid surgery if you have knee and hip arthritis. But there are certain adaptations that you need to do in order to achieve that goal. Those who do not adapt will encounter a life of pain and/or a big surgical scar. Both the knees and hips can be discussed together because they both respond to similar treatments and lifestyle changes necessary to remain active with less pain. Here are some suggested adaptations you should consider.
Take a Walk : Maybe you already enjoy walking but are finding it harder and harder to do. Walking can be made easier if you use some assistance from a walking stick or a trekking pole or two. Three or four “legs” is better than just two, and aids reduce the stress on your knees and hips. Walking can be much less painful if you follow a few simple pieces of advice like using an assistive device.
Dive In : If walking is not your thing, then try some swimming. Taking a few laps in the pool is a great way t...
Pain in the groin or buttocks with a loss of hip motion requires special attention. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative to avoid degenerative changes in the hip joint later in life. There are many possible causes of this type of hip pain. In this article, surgeons from the Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Clinic focus on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) as a cause of hip pain leading to hip osteoarthritis. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) describes a condition where the top of the femur (thigh bone) pinches the rim of the hip socket. The area that gets compressed is referred to as the acetabular rim . This type of impingement occurs most often when the hip is flexed and internally rotated. For a long time, it was believed that FAI only occurred in people with some kind of abnormal anatomy of the hip. There was either a backward tilted angle of the hip socket called retroversion , a larger socket than the ball (head of the femur) inside the socket, or flattening of the femoral head. O...
Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis .
Hip arthroplasty; Total hip replacement; Hip hemiarthroplasty
The artificial hip joint has four parts:
A socket that replaces your old hip socket. The socket is usually made of metal.
The liner, which fits inside the socket. It is usually plastic, but some surgeons are now trying other materials, like ceramic and metal. The liner allows the hip to move smoothly.
A metal or ceramic ball that will replace the round head (top) of your thigh bone.
A metal stem that is attached to the shaft of the thigh bone to make the joint more stable.
You may receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain. You may have a spinal or epidural anesthesia. In this kind of anesthesia, medicine is put into you...
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