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Old 11-07-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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back problems connected to hip problems

i posted this on the hip website and got no replies. thought maybe someone on this (back) site might have some input:

hip problems connected to back problems?????
i will finally have my orthopedic appointment next friday. i've been told by a doctor i saw for my back that i probably need a hip replacement (from the x-rays he took). i decided to go back to the doctor who did my rotator surgery 2 years ago and my appointment will be next friday.

my question is this: can hip problems be related to back problems or vice/versa? i ask this because i do have chronic back problems, but the past several weeks i'm noticing extreme weakness in my lower back. sometimes there seems to be a tingling/numbness in the right leg as well. this is the side of the hip problem. sometimes it feels so weak and tired that i have to just stop and lean over or sit down and then go on. i'm a server (waitress) and although i only work 3 days/week, it is extremely uncomfortable.

i was just wondering if the 2 can be connected.

i've read that hip replacement can indeed help back problems. i'm so hoping that if i do need the surgery that this will be the case.

thanks in advance, lucy

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Old 11-08-2008, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: back problems connected to hip problems

Yes hip, and back problems can be related but not necessarily so, a lot of problems that are seen in peoples backs, and legs can be caused by the way people move or walk. If a persons gait is out of whack then that will add extra stress, and strain to a persons joints so if your hip is causing gait problems, and a replacement corrects this then there should be less strain on your back however the problems that are affecting your back could be many things, and a hip replacement that improves your gait may only partially improve your back at best.

All the best lucybooz

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