Prolonging a Hip Replacement
- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
If you’re starting to advance in age, you should be grateful. We know we are. Looking on the bright side may not be the easiest thing, since we live in a youth-obsessed culture. But, we know we’d never go back to high school even if we could.
But that doesn’t mean that age comes easily. Our metabolism has slowed and we may need glasses to read menus and other small print. Preparing for advanced age can help keep us healthy longer. And one thing we want to prolong as long as possible is a hip replacement. Keep reading to learn how to prolong this surgery and keep yourself healthy!
What leads to a hip replacement?
There are accidents such as a bad fall that may lead to a hip fracture. And that means you’ll need surgery. But, overall, the most common reason for a hip replacement is osteoarthritis, which is where the cartilage on the surface of the hip joint breaks down. This can cause pain, discomfort, and limited mobility
Tips to Prolong a Hip Replacement
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you aren’t maintaining a healthy weight, that needs to go to the top of your to-do list. In fact, make it your only goal for the rest of the year, since setting too many goals can lead to feelings of overwhelm and abandonment of those goals. But why is it so important to lose those extra pounds? Maintaining a healthy weight is key to keeping excess pressure (stemming from those extra pounds) off your hips, and this will lead to less strain and less pain.
Exercise will help you keep your weight at a healthy level, but it does so more. In fact, exercising and training with focus can help strengthen the muscles around your hips and back. When the right muscles (in your core) are active, your hips can be kept in better alignment. Swim, hike, and try new things to keep different muscles engaged and stay healthier longer.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you reach a healthy weight, give us a call at (732) 888-8255 to schedule a consultation.
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