Treating Hip Pain from Orthoarthritis Without Surgery
Can Hip Pain From Osteoarthritis Be Treated Without Surgery?
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis, occurring much more frequently than stiffness or disability.1 If your physician has told you your hip pain is due to osteoarthritis and that hip replacement surgery is the only solution, we suggest you evaluate all of your options.
Hip osteoarthritis results from degenerative changes on the articulating surfaces of the hip joint. Interventional orthopedic procedures have been shown to reduce pain and help the body use its own abilities to heal without surgery, resulting in shorter recovery times and fewer potential complications than invasive surgical procedures.
|Return to Daily Routine||2 to 5 days||6+ weeks|
|Return to Sports||3 to 6 months||1 year|
|Recovery||Brace, up to 6 weeks PT||Crutches, brace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT|
|Pain Management||Mostly over-the-counter pain medication (days)||Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)|
|Keep Your Hip Joint||Yes||No|
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What Are the Risks of Hip Replacement Surgery and Other Treatments?
Unfortunately, hip replacement and hip resurfacing are often traumatic procedures that are generally followed by months of physical therapy and pain and discomfort while the joint rebuilds strength and mobility.
Other risks include anesthesia-related stroke or heart attack, infection, blood clots, pseudotumors, prosthetic part failure, and metal allergies to joint hardware. Additionally, for many, joint replacements need to be repeated.5-6
Many people are willing to undergo complex surgery and lengthy recovery because they’re under the impression they’ll return to their previous, more active lifestyle, but that often doesn’t happen. A 2016 meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials revealed no statistically significant improvement in physical activity for up to one year after unilateral primary total hip replacement. Additionally, pain management strategies involving nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) raise the risk of stroke and heart attack, while opioid pain medications have a high risk for abuse, so neither are ideal long-term solutions. Steroid injections also have significant downsides.7-10
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