Ron: As I age, getting up out of bed or even a chair harder and harder. is it true that it could be my hips? I’m scared I need a hip replacement.
Megan: Statistics state that 450,000 hip replacements take place each year in the U.S. Your hip is a ball and socket joint and is constantly being used and abused. It is more common among persons ages 45 and older and a lot has to do with the development of arthritis. When cartilage is gone, the bone on bone in this socket area causes pain and discomfort and your mobility becomes limited. Hip replacements have become a much easier medical procedure and recovery is not as difficult as it once was. However, exercise is medicine and ask your doctor to examine the area and find out just what might be going on. You might feel better than before and physical therapy will help you recover as well.