If you struggle daily with hip pain that keeps getting worse then your doctor may have suggested hip replacement surgery as the next step. However, surgery comes with a lot of risks and can have a very long recovery period. This might leave you wondering whether there are alternatives to hip replacement surgery like regenerative medicine that will help relieve you of this debilitating pain. When it comes to bone-on-bone hip pain, it can become difficult to do simple tasks like walk around without experiencing severe pain and discomfort.
Osteoarthritis in the hips occurs when the cartilage in the hip joint has deteriorated over time. When cartilage inside of a joint is no longer present it can lead to debilitating bone-on-bone pain in the joint because it is no longer able to perform its function. Cartilage in a ball and socket hip joint acts as a shock absorber, so when it deteriorates over time it means the bones inside the joint rub against one another. This type of arthritis is progressive, meaning that it worsens over time. Inflammation in the joint can also add to the pain because it causes stiffness, tenderness, and make moving your hip feel impossible.
The good news is that there are nonsurgical alternatives to try instead of going straight to hip replacement surgery. Nonsurgical treatment options can help to manage your pain and allow you to avoid surgery. There are less-invasive procedures like hip resurfacing or a partial hip replacement that your doctor may suggest, but there are also nonsurgical alternatives through chiropractic care and regenerative medicine that have the added benefit of being non-invasive while still effective.
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, natural osteoarthritis treatment option that does not involve any medications or surgeries that can cause further complications. Instead, chiropractic care focuses on providing a natural solution to pain relief and healing. While osteoarthritis is degenerative, a chiropractor can still help you effectively manage pain symptoms so you can move about your day without debilitating pain and discomfort. Chiropractors are most commonly associated with treating the spine, but they actually help with a wide variety of spine, joint, and muscular pain.
Your chiropractor may use a combination of chiropractic techniques to help address your hip pain, including chiropractic adjustments, stretches and exercises, and even some lifestyle recommendations. Chiropractic adjustments involve identifying misalignments in your spine that may be making your hip pain worse. Misalignments in your lower back could put pressure on nearby nerves, causing increased pain and discomfort. Your chiropractor can use a gentle, non-invasive adjustment technique to realign your spine and remove the pressure off of nearby nerves.
Exercise and stretching can also be beneficial in managing hip pain due to osteoarthritis. Your chiropractor will take into account your specific body type, the severity of your pain, and the stage of your osteoarthritis. Stretches and gentle exercises can help encourage healthy blood flow to the area, which helps to soothe sore, stiff muscles that support your hips. They can also help to improve your range of motion in your hips by strengthening these muscles to better support your hips and common movements. Lifestyle recommendations may include avoiding certain activities that exacerbate your hip pain, as well as updates to your nutrition. Maintaining a healthy weight will relieve any additional pressure put on your hips.
At Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic, we also offer a specialized therapy option called soft wave therapy that is an alternative to hip replacement surgery. Soft wave therapy involves sending sound waves to the affected joint, which prompts your body to respond with a healing response. This type of regenerative medicine encourages the body to heal itself and promotes natural and effective ways of addressing your pain. The stem cell machine promotes healing by encouraging healthy blood flow that will bring oxygen and other beneficial nutrients to the area. Regenerative medicine offers a safer approach to treating your hip osteoarthritis without the risks associated with surgical interventions. Another benefit of this type of treatment is that it does not involve any anesthesia or medications like more traditional, surgical options.
Live longer and stronger! Learn more about how chiropractic care and regenerative medicine can benefit you by visiting Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Florida. Contact us or visit our website to schedule an appointment so you can experience true pain relief and healing as soon as possible.