They make it sound as simple as swapping out the tires on your car.
Out with that old, creaky, painful hip in with a shiny new “total hip replacement” that’ll have you on your feet and back in action.
But new research exposes the DARK SIDE of this surgery. Because not everyone gets that promised relief. Far from it.
In fact, some get just the opposite. After the hip replacement they struggle with more pain than ever due to a horrific complication.
Many doctors will tell you it’s rare… unusual… and nothing to worry about. Some docs will claim it “almost never happens.”
But the new study reveals the truth: It happens, and it happens shockingly often.
The PAINFUL side effect of hip replacement
It’s called a hip dislocation. And it’s not just as painful as it sounds. It’s WORSE.
Hip dislocation is devastating, debilitating, and, frankly, downright agonizing. And the new study finds it hits one in 28 patients in the two years following a hip replacement, with 40 percent of those folks suffering from TWO dislocations.
In most cases, these painful complications require a whole new surgery to correct the issue. And here’s the most infuriating part: it’s ALL for a procedure many of them may NEVER have needed in the first place.
A 2018 analysis by UCLA’s Center for Health Advancement found ONE IN THREE hip and knee replacements are unnecessary.
Of course, that was a very mainstream report, so the actual number is likely much higher.
Non-surgical options to relieve pain and spur healing
Now, in some cases, your hip may have degenerated so much that you don’t have any other realistic choice. And let’s be honest, in those cases the hip replacement surgery might be worth the risk. (Just don’t forget to get a second opinion before you commit.)
But if you haven’t hit that point yet… if your degeneration isn’t TOO extreme… you have two other options. Neither is surgery based, and either could help enhance healing, ease the pain, and stop or even reverse some of the damage.
Prolotherapy: This is basically sugar water injected into a trouble spot such as the hips or knees. And as crazy as that sounds, studies show it can deliver sweet, sweet relief from the pain of degeneration due to arthritis.
It’s not the sugar that does the trick, of course. It simply acts as an irritant, which forces blood to the area to fight it. But in the process, it also stimulates healing in places where circulation is often very limited, especially the ligaments and tendons surrounding joints.
Platelet-rich plasma: This is when they take some of your own blood… send it into a centrifuge to sort out the platelets… then inject it directly into the site of the pain, including the hip.
A 2019 study found this treatment can improve both pain and function, with the biggest benefits going to folks with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis and lasting for at least six months after a single treatment.
If your own doctor seems at a loss when it comes to joint pain – including in the hips – don’t blame him. Doctors simply aren’t taught much about pain management in mainstream medical school.
Just go ahead and speak to a naturopathic or integrative medicine physician instead. He will lay out all of your options, including these cutting-edge non-surgical treatments.