We know that hip replacement surgery is a major decision. You may be reading and thinking a lot about it. You may be asking yourself if this kind of surgery is worth it, or if it is your only option. Your doctor may suggest other ways to manage your hip arthritis.
These may include:
- Direct heat
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss or exercise
- Over-the-counter medicines for pain and swelling
- Prescription medicines
- Injections (shots)
- Physical therapy
When these treatments no longer help you, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery, like this patient did.