Dr. Andrew Yun discusses how women can avoid hip disease and hip arthritis.
The problem of hip arthritis and hip disease is becoming epidemic. This extends not only to the older population but very recently also to a much younger, healthier, active population. The reason we are seeing this is that patients are so much healthier at a later age than they were previously. The hips really are the core. It’s from your hips that you get your power, your mobility and your strength. Without healthy hip function a person quickly can become dysfunctional.
One is pain, of course pain emanating from the hip. Lots of stuff is going around the pelvis - there’s reproductive organs, there’s digestive organs, there is back, there is pelvis, but if we are just looking at the hip, pain from that area tends to radiate to the groin or to the front.
A patient who has a bad hip will also begin to notice difficulty in function. Starting to walk will be difficult, getting in and out of a car, putting on shoes and socks, routine activities of daily living become more cumbersome with advances in hip disease.
I think the most important thing that you can do is avoid injury, and that sounds like a silly thing to say but it really is important to avoid catastrophic change to the hip joint, whether it be a fall, whether it be a car accident or sports injury. That by itself can maintain a healthy hip for a long period of time.
Then there are other factors which can be very helpful such as maintaining a proper weight, maintaining appropriate muscle tone and conditioning around the hip, an active lifestyle, lots of walking, good diet – things that keep a body healthy will also keep a hip healthy.
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