Are there any other alternative treatments?
Anti-inflammatory medications such as you were given can help decrease the pain in some patients. Physical therapy is another alternative treatment, which could help maintain the range of motion of your hip and sometimes decrease your symptoms. Injections of Cortisone can be given in the hip joint but this is usually done under X-ray control, called “fluoroscopy’’ to make certain that the injection is in the right place. Some patients can have dramatic relief of symptoms for a number of months.
The indication for joint replacement surgery is when you can no longer live with the pain. Some patients find this to be the case when they cannot sleep well at night, others when they cannot participate in the activities of daily living that they enjoy. For others, it may be struggling to get out of a car, going up and down stairs or getting out of a chair.
When you have reached the point that you can no longer tolerate the symptoms, at that point hip replacement surgery can be a very effective option in relieving your pain.