Hip replacement is a highly invasive procedure that requires patients to remain in the hospital for up to a week in most cases. It is unsurprising that many individuals who have been recommended to undergo full or partial hip replacement look to alternative methods of treatment. The surgery may be recommended for individuals who are suffering chronic pain in the hip joint that interferes with activities of daily living. This pain can be caused by conditions such as:
If you suffer from one of these conditions or a hip replacement evaluation has been recommended, but have concerns about undergoing such an intensive procedure, request an appointment with Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Our specialists can determine whether a nonsurgical route could be attempted before resorting to hip replacement surgery.
Some of the alternatives to hip replacement surgery our orthopedic specialists may recommend include:
● Exercise. Building muscle around the hip joint can strengthen the joint, improving hip function and alleviating pain. Recommended exercises for hip pain include stretching and strength training that target the muscles in the buttocks and thighs.
● Assistance Walking. By utilizing a cane or walker while upright, weight is taken off of the joint, which can relieve some of the pain and tension in the hip. Although not typically a permanent solution to chronic hip pain, walking assistance can postpone the need for hip replacement surgery.
● Medication. Depending on the severity and duration of the chronic hip pain, a doctor can prescribe several classes of medication, which can decrease the patient’s pain. This allows for greater range of motion and temporary improvement in functioning. Medications prescribed for chronic hip pain include narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics, as well as anti-inflammatory medications, some of which can be purchased over the counter.
Before making the decision to undergo a major surgery like a full or partial hip replacement, know what all of your available options are with the help of our orthopedic specialists.