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How to Prolong or Avoid a Hip Replacement

Avoiding Hip Replacement Show Low | Hip Replacement Snowflake AZIf you’re starting to advance in age, it’s easy to start looking at the negative. But, looking at the positive is so much better. In fact, you should be grateful to live a long time. We know we are. But that doesn’t mean that age comes without challenges. Our metabolism has slowed and we may need reading glasses. But preparing for age can help keep us active and healthy longer. Hip replacements are high on the list of surgeries that people want to prolong. Keep reading to learn how to prolong this surgery.

What leads to a hip replacement?

There are accidents that may lead to a hip fracture, which can then lead to surgery. But, overall, the most common reason for a hip replacement is osteoarthritis, which describes when the cartilage on the surface of the hip joint breaks down. This can cause pain, discomfort, and limited mobility in patients who then opt for a replacement so they can go back to their normal lives.

Tips to Prolong a Hip Replacement

Maintain a Healthy Weight

If you aren’t maintaining a healthy weight, put that on the top of your resolutions and goals for this year. But why is it so important to maintain a healthy weight? Maintaining a healthy weight is key to keeping excess pressure from those unnecessary pounds off your hips, which then can lead to pain and strain.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise will help you stay at a healthy weight, but it does more than that. In fact, exercising and training right can help strengthen the muscles around your hips and back. When muscles in your core are strong, too, your hips are kept in better alignment.

Modify Your Exercise

If you’re already dealing with hip pain, don’t push yourself to work out in the ways that you used to. If it hurts, avoid that exercise from now on. Modify your exercises to ensure you’re taking care of your hips and prolonging their health.

If you’re interested in learning more, or are looking into hip replacement surgery, give us a call at (928) 537-6880 to schedule a consultation.

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