As people get older, they are more susceptible to injuries involving the hip leaving them open for the possibility of surgery. Hip replacements although common, still require quite a bit of a recovery time. This process of recovery, even with substantial help can still be a lengthy process, so how do you avoid such a surgery?
Believe it or not, things you may be doing in your everyday life could be leaving you open for the potential for hip injury. So what puts you at risk? Our Snellville chiropractors our sharing some helpful information that could help you prevent future pain or injury:
What you choose to fuel your body with can either positively or negatively impact your overall health. When you provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs as well as a well balanced diet, you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. The weight your body carries can greatly affect your hips and when excess weight is bearing down on the hips, pain can debilitating. So, eating a well balanced diet and managing weight can go along way when it comes to caring for your hips.
Adding an exercise regime into your life may seem tiresome and time consuming but the benefits are far more than just a tool for weight management. When your body gets a proper amount of exercise, the muscles and joints and tendons all become stronger and therefore less likely to cause injury as your body is stronger. Keep in mind however, if you already suffer from hip pain, not all exercises will be beneficial for you so it is best to consult with your physician to ensure that you are working out in the most safest and effective way.
A hip fracture commonly occurs due to injury after a fall or while being involved in sports or physical activities. There are going to be dangers all around you, and if you are more prone to a hip fracture then altering some activities you participate in may be something in which you must do. Accidents are accidents and even the most cautious can’t prevent everything, but ultimately if you proceed with caution when in situations that could potentially put you at risk for injury, you can drastically reduce your chance of an injury occurring.
When you already suffer from hip pain it is best to be proactive and speak with your doctor about what medications may help with managing the pain. There are many options such as anti-inflammatories and even cortisone injections. Anti-inflammatories help reduce swelling of the joints or muscles that may be causing the pain and help to reduce the level of pain, however may only provide short term relief. A cortisone injection can be helpful as they can help to avoid hip replacement surgery for a longer period of time.
Working with a physical therapist is a great way to learn about different exercises that can help strengthen areas of the body that you feel may be weaker. Some people have this notion that physical therapy is only for those recovering from surgery but that isn’t true! Teaming up with a physical therapist will not help in building strength, but can also help in greatly reducing the amount of pain you may be in as well as lowering your chances of needing surgery.
If you are someone who is suffering with hip pain and are looking for alternative treatments, contact our Snellville chiropractors today for a consultation at (404) 889-8826. Our team chiropractors can work with you to discuss how we can help reduce the pain you are in as well as suggest different ways you can help yourself at home to improve your overall health and wellness.