What Are the Signs That You May Need a Hip Replacement?

What Are the Signs That You May Need a Hip Replacement?

What Are the Signs That You May Need a Hip Replacement?

The signs of possibly needing a hip replacement include pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, bone tumors or injuries, as reported by the National Institute on Aging. Doctors most often recommend hip replacement when patients have trouble with daily life activities and do not respond to other treatments.

To identify hip replacement candidates, doctors look at activity level, overall health and age, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. For example, people with severe muscle weakness, a high risk for infection, Parkinson's disease or poor overall health are unlikely candidates due to the low potential for successful recovery.