Our hips are essential in how we move. They are responsible for everything from walking to climbing stairs and lifting objects. When they cause us pain, it can impact our quality of life. Sometimes pain relievers can help, but when hip discomfort returns, you may need to consider other options. Here are a few signs that it might be time to contemplate hip replacement surgery.
Are Your Activities Limited?
Your hips play a crucial role in your ability to walk. Chronic hip pain can limit your ability to do this. If hip pain causes you to struggle to walk short distances, it may indicate problems with the joint. One thing to consider is your definition of what a short distance is. For some people, a short distance is a walk around the block. For others, a short distance means going to their mailbox. If hip pain makes attempting to walk unbearable, it may be time to see a specialist.
Can You Put on Your Socks and Shoes?
Hip pain can cause stiffness and make mundane tasks challenging. For instance, struggling to put on your socks and shoes could signify that your hip is having issues.
You Can’t Sleep
Hip issues can cause sleep disruptions, such as difficulty falling asleep and waking up in the middle of the night because of pain. These disturbances can leave you groggy in the morning, which can add to the frustration.
Your Hip is Tender and Swollen
Swelling and tenderness in your hip can mean there is friction and fluid buildup in the joint.
The swelling and tenderness can add to the pain and make it more challenging to complete activities.
Your Leg is Limp
Limping from hip pain or having your leg go limp may indicate hip instability. An unstable hip can lead to a lack of balance, or falls, exposing you to injuries.
No Relief From Other Treatments
Painkillers, physical therapy, and assistive devices can help address hip pain. In some cases, these methods don’t provide long-term relief. An exam from a professional can help identify the extent of the damage and help you learn if hip surgery can bring relief.
If you have questions about hip replacement surgery, talk to the Orthopedic Associates of Long Island. Schedule a consultation today by calling us at 631.689.6698.