To find the underlying reason for the pain you have to ask the next question:
- Why do I have arthritis in one hip and not the other?
- How could age be the cause of my arthritis when my other hip is the same age?
- What caused the disc to herniate at L4-5 and not any other location of my spine?
- What caused the rotator cuff muscle to tear?
- What caused that?
These questions help you dig much deeper than the easy answers (that are often not true at all) and get to the root cause of your pain. After asking these questions you can begin to look at your postural alignment and movement patterns to see why you were wearing the cartilage away in one hip and not the other or why you herniated a disc at a certain level.
These questions, answers, and solutions take more effort than the easy ones, but the results are much better and longer lasting. If you think age caused your arthritic hip, there's nothing you can do about your age, so your only options turn into live with the increasing pain and disability as you get older, take pain medication to hide the pain, or get a hip replacement (which will limit your activities, often not relieve all the pain, and sometimes has complications). But if you ask more questions you'll discover that the reason why your one hip is arthritic is because the other hip is not helping. Strengthening the weaker hip and restoring normal range of motion to the arthritic hip might take a year but if you're able to return to your normal activities without pain and avoid drugs and surgery most people will say that's worth it!
When you're ready for help contact me and I'll work with you on asking and answering these questions and finding the way for you to get well and return to a pain free and active life.
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