CONSERVATIVE HIP CARE
Dr. Bryan only turns to surgery to correct hip issues after all other options have been exhausted. We offer an integrated approach to hip pain management. Through a strategic, comprehensive combination of medication, injections and therapies our patients are frequently restored to health and their pain eliminated without surgery. Following are some of the non-surgical tools available to mitigate and potentially eliminate hip pain.
Weight Loss – Maintaining a healthy weight can serve to reduce stress on the hip and reduce pain. Exercise and good eating habits are not only essential to healthy living, but are an important factor in prepping for upcoming total joint replacement surgery. Studies have shown that patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 are at an increased risk for surgical complications. Compared with patients of normal weight, obese patients are at an increased risk of infection, poor wound healing, and blood clots. Obesity also increases the risk of loosening, or failure, of your components which could require another surgery to fix them. It is in your best interest to become the best surgical candidate that you can be. Candidates for a total joint replacement should start with healthy eating habits, and low impact exercises (e.g. swimming, riding a stationary, using an elliptical machine). We want to ensure you have a pleasant experience, and are well prepared for your joint replacement rehabilitation.
Anti-inflammatory medications are the most common medication recommended for arthritis pain relief. They help reduce pain and swelling from an arthritic joint. The most common of these medications are ibuprofen and naproxen and can be found over the counter at local pharmacies. There are also a variety of prescription medications that are also indicated for arthritis pain relief. All of these medications can provide effective pain relief but they can also have serious side effects. You should consult your primary care doctor prior to starting these medications on a regular basis.