The number of hip replacement operations on people aged under 60 has risen 76% in the last decade, NHS figures reveal. With many factors affecting joint wear and tear such as occupation, sport, lifestyle and weight, it is no surprise that these numbers have increased. Joint replacement surgery offers significant benefits – getting patients back to their chosen lifestyle sooner, free from pain and with improved mobility.

In 2004-05 there were 10,145 hip replacements for people aged 59 and below, with 17,883 in 2014-15. The Royal College of Surgeons says this is partly because doctors are now more confident that replacement joints will be more durable than in the past. but patients are also said to be less willing to wait.

 

Previously, surgeons used to advise patients with hip pain to wait until they were 60 or 65 to have a replacement because the old-fashioned replacements had a shelf-life of about 15 years, meaning the operation might need redoing once in a lifetime. With newer prosthetics, you could do the first operation at 55 and it is going to last for 20 years or more, so you would still only need one revision in a lifetime.

 

Hip operations are now less arduous and patients can be back on their feet with crutches on the same day or the day after surgery, and out of hospital within three days post-op.

However, if you suffer with hip pain why not see your local osteopath? We see many patients with hip problems every year and treat using techniques such as acupuncture, massage and mobilisation along with giving exercises and stretches to help with the pain and mobility. We also treat pre and post-operative hip patients to restore strength and function.

 

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