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The Winchester Journal

Is It Time for a Total Hip Replacement?

| 09/1/18

Movement. For many of us, we don’t truly appreciate it until it’s gone. As you reach retirement age and consider moving to a senior living community, some of the best days of your life are ahead of you. But can you truly enjoy them if your movement is limited due to pain, discomfort, and stiffness in your joints?

The good news is seniors experiencing limited mobility due to pain in their joints don’t have to simply “suffer through it.” Total joint replacement surgeries, including knee and hip, are becoming more and more common and are being done at younger ages than ever before. A new study indicated that the average age of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery has declined from over 66 to just under 65, and hip, knee and other joint replacement procedures are among the most common elective surgeries in the United States.

Hip Replacement Symptoms to Watch For 

You may be one of the thousands of Americans who need hip replacement surgery this year. Take a look at some of the most common signs and symptoms that point to a need for hip replacement surgery:

  • Prolonged, constant pain in your hips. Whether the pain is dull and nagging, or sharp and severe, if it’s a chronic pain in your hips that never seems to go away even while resting, you could need total joint replacement surgery. It’s not healthy – both physically and mentally – to be in constant pain. You should be able to rest comfortably, and you should be able to walk across the kitchen or get into your car without cringing from the shooting pains in your hips. Constant hip pain is not a normal part of daily living, and it can be reduced or eliminated through proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • A diagnosis of arthritis in your hips. Arthritis in the hips can wear down the bones and cause the synovial membrane (tissue that surrounds the hip) to become inflamed, leading to severe, ongoing pain. As the cartilage in your hip wears away, the ends of the bones will rub together. One of the only forms of treatment for this type of condition is hip replacement surgery, which can correct the issue and erase the pain.
  • Stiffness and limited mobility in your hips. Does it seem like your hip tightens up when you perform certain activities, like bending over to tie your shoe? Do you notice an ongoing stiffness in your hip that never seems to go away? If yes, talk to your doctor about the sensations you’re feeling and when you’re feeling them. These can be signs of hip stiffness, which can be reduced via a hip replacement.
  • You can’t do many of the day-to-day tasks you used to do. Sure, your ability to do certain things will change with increased age – this is normal. But if you can no longer do the daily tasks you need to do to function, such as get a good night’s rest, get in and out of bed, or vacuum your home, there could be a bigger problem that needs addressed. The longer you go without addressing the issue that’s interfering with daily life, the worse it may get. Talk to your doctor today.
  • You’ve explored all other options. Hip replacement surgery is a serious procedure, and it’s usually the last resort after all other treatment options have been explored. Maybe you’ve tried physical and occupational therapy, or joint injections, or minimally invasive procedures, and nothing has produced lasting results. A consultation with your physician can help you decipher which roads are left to cross and if a hip replacement surgery is the last/best option for you.

Stay Fulfilled at Winchester Gardens

Retirement shouldn’t mean limited mobility due to hip pain. It should mean the start of a new chapter doing the things you enjoy in a place where you feel at home. Talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have, and take the time to see how life at Winchester Gardens can be exactly what you need during this exciting chapter of life. Contact us today to schedule a tour or request more information.