The first alternative to hip resurfacing or replacement involves such lifestyle modification measures as weight loss, avoiding activities involving long periods of standing or walking, and the use of a cane to decrease the stress on the painful hip. Following an anti-inflammatory diet, in particular decreasing your wheat intake can also drastically improve your body's overall inflammation.
Arthritis pain is primarily caused by inflammation in the hip joint. Reducing the inflammation of the tissue in the hip can provide temporary relief from pain and may delay surgery. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to decrease the inflammation associated with arthritis. A classification of NSAIDs, called Cox-2 inhibitors, are often very effective in decreasing pain. Curcumin (found inside the spice Tumeric) is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, as well as the herbs rosemary, lavendar, lemon balm, and salvia.
Exercise and Physical Therapy
Exercise and physical therapy may be prescribed to improve the strength and flexibility of your hip and other lower extremity muscles. Your exercise program may include riding a stationary bike, light weight training and flexibility exercises. An aquatic therapy program is especially effective for the treatment of arthritis since it allows mild resistance while removing weight bearing stresses. For an appropriate exercise program, contact an experienced physical therapist.
Two dietary supplements, Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate (commonly available in a combined tablet), may decrease the symptoms of hip arthritis. Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate are both naturally occurring molecules, and issues associated with both remain under active research.