Can hip replacement be avoided?
Danielle R. Steilen, MMS, PA-C
RE is a very active 71-year-old woman who works full-time as a Real Estate Agent. As one can imagine, her occupation involves a lot of walking and she describes herself as a very busy woman who is “on the go” from 6am to 10pm each day. A few months ago, RE began experiencing debilitating right hip pain that began to interfere with her ability to walk long distances and thus interfered with her ability to work. The pain worsened over the next couple weeks and one day the pain became so severe that RE had to go to the emergency room. X-Rays were ordered and the emergency room doctors diagnosed RE with bone-on-bone arthritis in her right hip and told her that she would need a total hip replacement. She was sent home with anti-inflammatory pain medications, which she was told to use to help mitigate the pain until she could schedule surgery.
Can hip replacement be avoided?
Desperately wanting to avoid surgery and extended time off of work, RE remembered a conversation that she had with an acquaintance more than 15 years ago! She remembered that this person had been recommended bilateral total knee replacement surgery by an orthopedist, but that the person had opted to go to Caring Medical and try Prolotherapy instead. RE never forgot that conversation because the person expressed such tremendous praise and gratitude toward Caring Medical and Prolotherapy for healing her knees non-surgically. RE wondered if this same doctor and treatment could help her to avoid hip replacement surgery. After a quick internet search, RE located our number and called to schedule her first appointment. In the meantime, while waiting for her first appointment, RE took the anti-inflammatory medication and decided to see a chiropractor for few treatments, neither of which provided any permanent pain relief.
Initial consult and first treatment at Caring Medical
During her initial consult, RE told us that she felt a chronic aching pain in her hip that was present 80% of the time and this pain would become increasingly worse with walking. She said that she could not walk more than 2-3 blocks at a time because the pain would become too severe. Our Prolotherapist examined RE’s hip and told her that she was a good candidate for Prolotherapy and would very likely not need a hip replacement. Along with Prolotherapy, her hip would need motion to help with regeneration and in order to heal. Motion stimulates the production of joint fluid. (See cartilage repair). Along with cartilage, joint fluid is one of the main cushions of the hip, and joint fluid carries nutrients to the cartilage and other structures of the hip for repair and healing. RE would need to start cycling on a stationary bike for 30 minutes per day and he told her that swimming in a pool would also be beneficial to aid in the regeneration of her hip. She would also need to stop using anti-inflammatory medications, as these types of medications actually inhibit healing and can contribute to degeneration of the joint. It was estimated that RE may need approximately 2-6 Prolotherapy treatments at monthly intervals to eliminate her hip pain and RE decided to have her first treatment that day.
No need for another treatment!
RE scheduled her second appointment about 5 weeks after her first treatment. However, about a week before she was to receive her second treatment, RE called us to cancel her second appointment. She told us that she was no longer having any pain and therefore, did not need another treatment. She said that her hip began to progressively improve each day after her first treatment. She said she was back to her hectic daily schedule, on the go again from 6am to 10pm each day. She was elated to report that she can now walk as far and as long as she desires without pain or any other symptoms. RE said that she wanted to share her story with others and said she was already telling everyone she knows about her fantastic Prolotherapy results!
If you or someone you know has been recommended to hip replacement surgery or other type of joint surgery, contact our office and find out if Prolotherapy can help you.
Caring Medical has been using Prolotherapy to repair injured, damaged, and arthritic joints for the past 20 years, helping numerous patients like RE avoid joint surgeries and replacements.