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Arthritis & Your Hip

Arthritis can have a devastating impact on an individual’s hip. Not only can the illness cause them discomfort, but the pain can be so unbearable that it impacts the patient’s quality of life. If you’re currently suffering from arthritis, there are tactics that can help to prevent this issue from persisting. From exercising the joint regularly, to heat therapies, assistive devices and weight loss; there are a number of ways to prevent arthritis from affecting you. Continue to the article below where these tactics are outlined in more detail.


One of the most effective methods that those with arthritis can do to help prevent the issue from impacting their joint is exercise. Without frequent movement, the muscles around the joint will begin to weaken. This can result in more distress for the patient as the joint will eventually begin to lose movement. To help prevent this from happening to your joint, it is recommended to practice daily low impact exercises that can contribute to maintain your muscle.

Hot or Cold Therapies

For those suffering from arthritis, hot and cold therapies can help to reduce pain. This is due to the fact that the temperature will cause the muscle in the joint to relax. When the muscle is able to relax, it will allow for a greater range of movement. Further, it will help to minimize the pain that is felt when it is being moved. However, it is only recommended to use this method as a treatment to the symptoms of pain. If the issues persist it is best to visit a hip specialist to consider more intensive treatment methods.

Use Assistive Devices

If your arthritis is impacting your ability to move without fearing a slip or fall it is recommended to use assistive devices to help maintain your balance. Certain types of devices are: canes, walkers, orthopedic shoes, and wheelchairs. Using these devices helps to minimize the risk of suffering from a fall or accident. In turn, resulting in a greater impact on your health and quality of life.


Another important method that arthritis patients can use to prevent damage to their joint is to rest when it’s sore. This can help to mitigate the effects of the injury and ensure that it is able to recover quickly

Weight Loss

For those who suffer from arthritis, their weight can cause pressure on their joints. If the joints are unable to support their weight, they will become sore and begin to be inflamed. These effects can be painful and prevent the individual from being able to function as normal. However, these impacts can be mitigated against by maintaining a healthy weight that won’t cause the body additional distress.

Take Action

Request a consultation with one of the hip specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI offers anteriorposterior, and robotic surgical options for the treatment of hip pain. Do your homework, talk to friends and family members, neighbors and colleagues to identify the procedure that will work best for you.

OSI has convenient locations: the campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries. OSI has outreach clinics in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.