The most important factor in choosing to have a hip replaced is how much it hurts and how much it is affecting your life. Here are six signals that it's time to have a hip replaced:
1. You can no longer complete routine daily tasks without help.
2. You have significant pain, like pain that keeps you awake at night despite the use of medications, pain that keeps you from being able to walk or bend over, pain that isn't relieved by rest, or pain that isn't helped by non-surgical approaches.
3. Your doctor says that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
4. You have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally.
5. You are suffering severe side effects from the medications for your painful knee or hip.
6. Tests show advanced arthritis or significant joint damage.
While exercises may help alleviate pain and improve mobility of a joint, it is not always a guarantee that they will reverse the condition, especially in cases where there is a degenerative disorder like arthritis. Talk to your doctor and weigh the risks and benefits and what other alternatives are possible for your condition. Make sure also that you discuss the exercises before you begin any program,