Can't Shake That Hip Pain? Here's What You Need to Know
Do you have pain in your hip that just won’t go away? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from hip pain at some point in their lives. The hip is a large joint that bears a lot of weight and is used in a wide range of motions, so it’s not surprising that it can be susceptible to pain and injury.
There are many possible causes of hip pain, ranging from osteoarthritis to bursitis to tendinitis. In some cases, hip pain can be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as a hip fracture or labral tear. If you’re experiencing hip pain, it’s important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. If you if you are considering surgical intervention here are some factors that may help you decide.
What factors should help me decide on surgery?
If you're suffering from hip pain, you may be considering a hip replacement. This is a major surgery, so it's not a decision to be made lightly. However, there are a number of reasons why a hip replacement may be the best option for you.
First, hip replacements can severely reduce your pain levels. If you've been living with chronic hip pain, you know how debilitating it can be. A hip replacement can help you get your life back by reducing your pain to a more manageable level.
Second, hip replacements can help improve your mobility. If your hip pain has been making it difficult to get around, a hip replacement can help you regain your mobility. You'll be able to walk, run, and engage in other activities that you may have been avoiding due to your pain.
If you begin to experience persistent hip pain
- At night
- At rest
- During exercise
- All of the above.
Mainly, if the pain begins to interfere with daily life. If your household chores or work becomes difficult, and you begin to rely on pain medication, that is a sure sign to visit a professional.
What should I expect if choose a hip replacement?
If you are considering a hip replacement, you may be wondering what to expect during and after the procedure.
Before the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and to learn what you need to do to prepare for it. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the surgery.
During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the hip area and then replace the damaged or diseased hip joint with an artificial hip joint. The surgery usually takes about two hours.
After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be closely monitored.
If you are experiencing hip pain that does not go away with over-the-counter medication or rest, it is important to see a doctor. Persistent hip pain can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as osteoarthritis, and may require surgical intervention. Talk to us at MSK doctors in which our skilled orthopaedic surgeons will see you from the initial consultation, all the way through to your discharge.