Tips for maintaining healthy joints
- One of the best ways to avoid or reduce joint discomfort is by losing excess body weight. This is because less weight means less stress on your joints.
- Get moving. Sitting or standing all day can lead to stiff joints. Ideally and whenever possible, alternate between these two positions every 30 minutes.
- Remember to warm up and take time to cool down after each exercise to avoid injury and promote flexibility.
- If you’re having trouble staying motivated to work out on a regular basis, consider including music in your routine or training in a group. It’s inspiring, social, and builds self-esteem as you achieve your goals together.
How will I know if joint replacement is right for me?
Joint replacement may be an alternative when the pain is severe and prevents you from carrying out daily activities, working and sleeping. The decision to replace your hip will be made by you and your orthopedic surgeon, primarily based on the intensity of the pain and how it affects your life.