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Questions to ask before getting a hip replacement

When considering hip replacement surgery, it’s important to ask many questions about the procedure, preparation, and recovery. Potential surgery candidates should find out about a surgeon’s credentials and expertise, common risks of hip replacement and how to minimize them, which type of artificial hip the surgeon wants to implant, what will happen during surgery, how much pain and pain medication can be expected, physical rehabilitation options, how long it will take to recover, and how long the new joint will last. (Locked) More »

Self-care for bursitis

Bursitis is a common age-related joint inflammation that often strikes the knee and elbow, but also can occur in the hip, shoulder, or heel. Injury and repetitive use are the common causes. Fortunately, bursitis often goes away with some basic home self-care treatment. People can also reduce their risk of future flare-ups by practicing preventive measures and being more mindful about protecting their joints. (Locked) More »

Think that hip pain is bursitis? Think again.

Side hip pain was often diagnosed as bursitis. In recent years, doctors have discovered that 90% of the time, side hip pain is more likely to be the result of other conditions, such as tendinitis; an irritated iliotibial band; tight, imbalanced muscles in the buttocks; or spine problems. Treatment for these conditions typically involves stretching and strengthening the muscles in the buttocks and hips, and strengthening the core muscles. Restoring balance to the muscles helps the body function better and eliminate pain. (Locked) More »

Can I still run after a hip replacement?

Hip replacements can wear out over time and require a revision surgery, so activities that may increase stress on the joint are often discouraged. The right level of activity after a hip replacement depends on the person and is best discussed with a doctor. More »

Osteoarthritis relief without more pills

For mild osteoarthritis, an occasional dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may be all that’s needed to keep the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in check. But as osteoarthritis gets worse, men may become interested in ways to cope with pain and other symptoms without taking more medications. The main options are weight control, exercise, and physical therapy, especially for knee and hip arthritis. Some physical therapists offer additional services, such as ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) . Some people with osteoarthritis find acupuncture helpful. The evidence for “joint support” dietary supplements, in contrast, is poor. More »