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Posted by Kristie on March 03, 2000 at 11:40:28:

In Reply to: Hip Arthritis posted by chris on March 02, 2000 at 17:21:30:

Have same problem, but both hips, found at age of 45. I have been dealing with this for just over a year, now, but I learned about it when I was bone-on-bone in left hip (alot of pain; much arthritis setting in) and then learned the right was 25% gone.
I think the best thing is to stay in good physical condition, so your muscles can better support your weak joint/s, eat well, take glucosamine (can't hurt, may help), get plenty of rest, and just try to stay as healthy as possible.
I think high-impact exercise is just going to wear the joint out faster, though more gentle exercise (swimming, biking) probably won't. Makes sense to me that the more stress you give directly to the joint (like in jogging, skiing, tennis, which I miss incredibly), the more it will wear down.
I am now getting by with a cortisone shot to the hip. I tried meds for a year and only felt sick alot and lost 20 lb (did not need to do that). I will have hip replacement on the worse one soon.
For you, you still have some cartilage and probably no bone damage yet. So, if you can reverse the cartilage breakdown, maybe the hip could heal? I think once you start damaging the bone, you can't fix that.
Good luck to you. Kristie

: I have been diagnosed with OA in my left hip. At 31, I can imagine better things, but the good news is that m
: my xrays show only mild arhtritic change (plenty of cartilatge and joint space). My question - as the joint
: is only showing mild change, does anyone have reccomendations about how to get the most bang from my
: hip until, ultimately, it has to be replaced? I have been told that exercise (stretch& strengthen), along with
: NOT running, may help me avoid surgery all together(OR, is that a pipe dream as well???). Gramps, you seem
: to have the same issue as well.

: Bottom line - you can't beat the arthritis, but maybe it's progress can be slowed.

: Also, i sit on my butt all day (which seems to inflame it more than anything)

: Any thoughts?

: Thanks
: Chris

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