How to Alleviate Hip Pain Due to Osteoarthritis
Hip pain that is caused by osteoarthritis is usually felt as pain in the groin. It’s often mistaken as a pulled muscle. This pain can disrupt sleep, and it can make it difficult to participate in everyday activities, such as walking long distances and going up and down stairs. If the hip pain you are feeling is caused by osteoarthritis, you may also be experiencing clicks, pops, or a grinding sensation. Decreasing the pain and improving your overall strength will depend on the severity of your arthritis and the activities you are looking to participate in.
Patients with osteoarthritis can present with a number of physical complaints. If you have mild to moderate arthritis, then standard over-the-counter remedies may be all that is necessary to relieve your pain. However, if you have severe or advanced arthritis, then there is a good chance the condition is already impacting your quality of life. It is at this point that surgical options may be necessary to relieve the pain.
For people with severe hip pain caused by osteoarthritis, hip replacement surgery may be the best option. Most hip replacement surgeries can be performed in under one hour. Hip replacement surgery can even occasionally be done as an outpatient procedure. How long recovery will take after a hip replacement surgery can vary wildly from patient to patient. Typically, people are feeling much better within six weeks of surgery.
One way to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible is to avoid doing too much too soon after surgery. Your body is undergoing tremendous stress, and you need to relax and give yourself enough time to heal before returning to work or resuming physically strenuous activities. If you do too much before your body has had time to heal, you can compromise your healing and risk damaging your repaired hip.
If you are suffering from hip pain, consult Dr. Troy Miles for a complete physical evaluation and customized treatment plan.
Dr. Troy Miles has been selected as one of the top joint replacement surgeons in Northern California. He is the Director of Shasta Regional Medical Center's Joint Replacement Program. Dr. Miles is committed to providing the highest quality orthopaedic care to his patients in Redding and the surrounding communities. Dr. Miles has advanced training in joint replacement surgery and is able to perform many procedures in an outpatient setting. He operates at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center, and Apogee Surgery Center.