There are many reasons for hip replacement: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, traumatic arthritis or fracture or avascular necrosis.
For rheumatoid arthritis, acupuncture can reduce synovial membrane inflammation that reduced the chance to produce synovial fluid and its damage to the articular cartilage in order to avoid hip replacement.
For the kinds of osteoarthritis and arthritis all can be solved by acupuncture without surgery. The root problems for the arthritis are wind and/or cold and/or dampness invade. May be prolonged, they also can generate heat. Acupuncture with or without moxa can help to loosen the stiffness and/or tightness muscles/tendons. By doing so, it also avoid some traumatic arthritis or fracture that are caused by tight tendons.
Degenerated avascular necrosis can be caused by poor circulation or trauma or long term drug side effect of steroid or other diseases. If it is caused by poor circulation, acupuncture can help to improve the situation and avoid hip replacement. Some diseases such as gout, diabetic that caused avascular necrosis can be treated by Chinese medicine.
It important to find out the root problem and hip damage severity in order to get the right treatment to see if surgery can be avoided. And the best advise is when you feel pain, to get early care in order to avoid situation getting worse to avoid costly surgery and other worse conditions.
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