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The debilitating effects of hip arthritis resulted in nearly 250,000 total hip replacements nationwide in 2004.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hip Arthritis Prevention

If you alter your lifestyle, it can help you reduce your risk of developing hip arthritis. Your WellStar physicians will discuss a prevention plan with you.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight may slow the progression of hip osteoarthritis
  • An exercise program may help reduce pain and improve range of movement.
  • Regular, moderate exercise offers many benefits to people with hip arthritis. In addition to reducing hip pain and stiffness, exercise builds strong muscle around the joints.
  • Stretching is a simple way to keep joints and muscles flexible.
  • Exercising in the water can build strength and increase range of motion, while the water’s buoyancy reduces wear and tear on sore joints.

Help Reduce Your Risk of Hip Arthritis

  • Avoid excess body fat by balancing caloric intake with ample exercise.
  • Take steps to prevent injuries:
    • Stretch and warm up before exercise. Cool down afterward.
    • Don't overdo it.
    • Wear properly fitting shoes.
    • Avoid running on asphalt, concrete and other hard surfaces whenever possible.

Tests and Screenings for Hip Arthritis

The procedures or screenings your WellStar physician recommends may include:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)