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Understanding your joint pain

Joint pain is so frustrating, especially when it impacts your hips. As you age, it’s important to keep track of your hip joint aches to see what the underlying problem might be and how you can make it stop. Below are a few things that I tell my New York patients to be aware of. By better understanding your joint health, you can make more informed choices about the best ways to handle it.

Pain type

All individuals feel pain in a unique way. Some tell me that their hip aches are sharp and sporadic. Others report continuous, dull pain. Still, other patients report that their joints feel tender only when they place pressure on them or use them in activities, like walking, running, or just laying down for a nap. Both of these sensations are early signs of arthritis, and understanding these details can help us determine how far advanced your situation is—as well as what might offer relief. 

Timing

When do you notice your pain most? How long does it last? Keeping track of your pain’s timing can offer helpful insight about its causes. For example, you might only notice that your hips hurt after exercising, sitting at your desk all day, or waking up in the morning. These are all fairly common and indicate everything from dislocations and minor injuries to the developing stages of arthritis. If, however, you notice that your hips hurt all day, prevent you from getting a good night’s rest, or seem to never find relief, you could be dealing with a more severe situation. In some cases, a total or partial hip replacement can do wonders to get you back to your normal, healthy self.

Impact

Hip pain and problems should not dictate the way you live your life. Have you noticed that your hip health is keeping you from doing the things you love, like traveling, playing with your grandkids, working outside, or exercising? Have you had to you adjust your plans to accommodate for your hips? One of the best indicators that an individual is ready for a joint replacement surgery is that pain is getting in the way of things. This significant “life interruption” doesn’t typically happen until later in life, when more advanced degeneration has occurred. Still, no one is too young to have a hip procedure if it helps them. 

As you observe your hip pain’s relation to your body, you might find it helpful to track changes with a journal or other logging device. Take notes on your phone as you notice difficulties with your hip. Seeing how your hip functions from day to day can be incredibly eye opening. You might also find it helpful to talk with family, friends, and other loved ones who have been in similar situations. They might be able to provide some insight about your family‘s history with hip issues or offer suggestions for dealing with it. If you have any questions about your treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out directly to the office to set up a consultation.

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