Signs You May Need a Hip Replacement

Hip pain can make even the smallest tasks seem difficult. Although you should always consult an orthopaedic surgeon about your options, the following may be signs that you need a hip replacement:

  • Extreme Hip Pain

Excessive pain in the hip can signify that you need orthopaedic replacement surgery. If pain in your hip is keeping you from walking or doing other exercises or if you have trouble standing and climbing stairs, then it could mean that the cartilage is too damaged to function properly. Hip replacement surgery is one orthopaedic option that addresses the effects of missing or damaged cartilage. When the pain starts to affect your daily life, it is time to get help.

  • Failure of Other Treatment Options

You should consult your orthopaedic doctor if you have tried other remedies for the pain, but have had no success. If you have tried to take medications that specifically target joint pain and they haven’t worked, then you will have to see a doctor to find a way to stop the pain, which will most likely be surgery.

  • Loss of Sleep

Your pain should not keep you from getting a decent night’s sleep, and if it is, then you should make an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss treatment options. As long as you are in good health overall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and are less than 95 years old, most surgeons will agree to perform a hip replacement if they decide that you need one.

MK Orthopaedics can help you determine whether or not you need to have your hip replaced. We can also talk to you about knee replacement surgery and other orthopaedic conditions. For more information about our services, visit our website. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to make an appointment.

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