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Good News for Hurting Hips

Good News for Hurting Hips

If your hips hurt, you might be worrying that today’s arthritis is tomorrow’s hip-replacement surgery.

But it’s quite possible that the pain stems from something other than arthritis. Here’s one quick way to figure out the cause.

Front or Sides?
If the pain comes from the front of the hips (the groin area), chances are it really is arthritis. But if you're feeling some tenderness along the sides, tendonitis or bursitis may be to blame, say RealAge experts Mehmet Oz, MD, and Michael Roizen, MD, in their recently updated best-seller YOU: The Owner's Manual. But only a doctor can definitively diagnose you, so make that appointment. The sooner you know, the sooner you can start a treatment plan and get moving comfortably again.

Hip, Hip, Hooray
Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your joints healthy and young. Take this three-pronged approach: 

  1. Muscle up. The stronger your muscles, the greater the joint support. Watch this video for special reasons why women should do strength training.
  2. But don't overdo it. That ups your risk of injury, which ups your risk of arthritis. Try these safe tips.
  3. Trim down. Maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce stress and strain on your joints.

Think you have osteoarthritis? Check out signs and symptoms.

Medically reviewed in April 2018.

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