Hip Replacements – How to Prevent, Prepare and Recover
Hip replacements seem to be becoming Increasingly common in the Alfreton area, with many patients choosing to supplement their NHS physiotherapy with our expertise at the clinic.
Currently 1.3 people in every 1,000 will undergo a hip replacement operation, and more than 1.2 million are carried out each year worldwide.
The biggest risk factors for needing a hip replacement are age and arthritis, with 85% of people having a hip replacement, also having osteoarthritis.
In terms of gender, women have a higher risk of needing a hip replacement (58%) compared with men (42%).
Hip replacement surgery in patients aged 45-54 has also doubled in the past 10 years.
So what can we do, to reduce the risk of needing a hip replacement?
Physical activity helps. Running decreases your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 18% and as osteoarthritis is present in 85% of people who undergo a hip replacement, this has a knock-on effect in reducing your risk of needing a hip replacement by 35-50%.
And if you’re not up for running that’s OK, walking can also reduce the risk of needing hip surgery, although by a smaller percentage (23%).
Almost half of the protective effective of being physically active comes from weight control. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of needing a hip replacement.
And what can you do if you’re already experiencing hip pain?
If you need a hip replacement then the sooner you have it, the better the outcome is likely to be and the quicker you will recover from your […]