Hip replacement surgery is a serious procedure that should not be taken lightly or even be considered your first choice. Since there are no set guidelines of when someone should get hip surgery, trying more conservative treatments might be a good start. But if you have been living with constant hip pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation, then this procedure might be your best option.
The most important thing is to listen to your body’s signals, if you are having trouble performing everyday activities or if your pain is interfering with doing things you love, then hip replacement surgery can massively improve your way of life.
Below are some of the signs you should consider when thinking about surgery.
Intense Hip or Groin Pain
Significant hip or groin pain will be one of the main signs that you might need hip replacement surgery. This means that your pain is so intense that even painkillers cannot ease the pain. If you rely on a walking aid, have trouble walking or bending, then this is a good indication that hip replacement surgery might be right for you.
Difficulty Completing Routine Activities
If your way of life is being severely affected by your pain then it is time to consider surgery. Having trouble exercising, walking short distances, or even putting on your socks and shoes are all signs of severe damage to your hip.
Being unable to stand on one foot for a period of time, even when balancing against another object is another sign. Additionally, if you have trouble lifting your leg or feel your hips clicking or popping, this could also mean problems with your hips.
You Suffer From Arthritis or Joint Damage
Osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are forms of arthritis that can severely damage your hip joints. If this is the case it is best to seek hip replacement surgery as damaged joints can get worse and increase your pain and discomfort.
Other Treatments Haven’t Been Successful
As mentioned before, hip replacement surgery should not be your first option when it comes to treatment. But if physical therapy or pain medication is still not enough or if you are having adverse side effects to medication, then surgery becomes a more viable option.
Recovering at South Coast Post Acute
Recovering from a hip replacement surgery can be a daunting task. At South Coast Post Acute we are committed to providing the highest standard of care provided by our team of highly trained professionals. We offer customized treatment plans that will ensure maximum recovery in the shortest amount of time. Contact us today to learn more.