Signs You May Need a Hip Replacement

Signs You May Need a Hip ReplacementIt’s fairly common for people to start experiencing hip pain as they grow older, but if your pain is becoming increasingly worse, or if you’re experiencing other symptoms as well, you may be wondering whether you should have your hip replaced. Of course, a trained medical provider will be able to offer you a personalized opinion after performing an examination and ordering certain tests, but in the meantime, we’ve compiled some signs that you may need a hip replacement:

You Have Pain in Your Hip & Upper Leg

But not just any amount of pain—generally, in order to justify surgery, pain must be so severe that it interferes with your daily routine. What qualifies as interference will vary from one person to another. For example, while being able to comfortably walk a mile might seem more than adequate to someone who’s used to living a fairly sedentary lifestyle, being limited to one mile could be unacceptable to someone who usually walks five miles a day. Pay attention to whether you’ve started limping to compensate for the pain, and whether your pain prevents you from sleeping at night—if you answer “yes” to either of those, it could potentially signal the need for a hip replacement.

You Have Hip Stiffness

Does it feel like you’re having a harder time moving your leg than you used to? Many people with hip stiffness notice that they have trouble standing on one leg, or putting on their socks and shoes. To test your flexibility, try lying on your back and seeing if you can raise your knee to your chest, then seeing if you can move your leg sideways without moving your torso. Beyond experiencing a decreased range of motion, you might also notice grinding, clicking, or popping sensations in your hip when you try to move your leg.

Other Treatments Haven’t Helped

Many orthopedic specialists think of hip replacement surgery as a last resort—something to consider only when conservative (nonsurgical) treatments aren’t providing relief. If you’ve already attempted to treat your symptoms using other methods—possibly including pain medication, corticosteroid injections, heat/cold therapy, physical therapy, and weight loss—be sure to tell your doctor whether any of those techniques worked, and for how long. You should also note whether you’ve developed any unpleasant side effects from pain medication, such as ulcers.

Hip Replacements in Reno, Carson City & the Surrounding Area

If you’re concerned that you might need a hip replacement, you can turn to the experienced orthopedic specialists at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. We have extensive experience performing hip replacements—including partial hip replacements and total hip replacements—and after conducting the necessary diagnostic testing, we can let you know whether you’re a candidate for surgery.

Contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today to schedule a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists on our team. We look forward to meeting with you and working toward relieving your hip pain.

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