Are there any alternatives to a total hip replacement?
There are some alternatives to help manage pain and discomfort associated with arthritis or injury:
- Standard painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can help control the pain.
- Supplements to your diet may also help relieve your symptoms (you should always check with your doctor before you take supplements).
- Using a walking stick can make walking easier, as can a small shoe-raise.
- Regular moderate exercise can help to reduce stiffness. Physiotherapy may help to strengthen your muscles.
- A steroid injection into your hip joint can sometimes reduce pain and stiffness.
However, many people will find these measures become less effective if your arthritis gets worse and, depending on the severity of your condition, surgery may be the best option.
Benefits of hip replacement surgery
90% of patients experience a large reduction in hip pain following a total hip replacement, which usually allows them to return to their normal daily activities. You may or may not be able to return to active sports or heavy labour. You should follow the advice of your consultant on the levels of activity you can return to or undertake.