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Old 01-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question on hip arthritis

Hi,

I'm writing about an elderly relative I take care of. He's 80 and suffering from a variety of health ailments, but his pressing issue right now is OA in the left hip. Because of his health history, doctors have ruled out hip surgery, they also say a cortisone shot is too risky for him and he can't take NSAID anti-inflammatories. What he is taking for his hip pain and for other pain that he has is 45 mg of morphine/dilauded spread out during the day and 1200 mg of tylenol.

Physical therapists have given him some "no impact" exercises (he can't do water therapy because of some open ulcers on his legs) but he doesn't like doing them, (who would, when you're in a lot of pain?)

Is there something else that may be missed for a patient like this?

 
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