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Arthritis in my hip.

I think I might be suffering from Arthritis in my hip, can you tell me more about this? Or anything I can do to supress the condition getting worse?

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The answer

Osteoarthritis (sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis) is very common, causing joint pain in up to 8.5 million people in the UK. The most common joints affected are the hips, knees fingers and spine. The most common symptoms are stiffness (which tends to be worse in the first hour or so after you get up), pain and limited movement. It’s important to be aware that even if you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, that doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to ever-more severe pain. In many people, symptoms of osteoarthritis will come and go and won’t get worse over time. However, there is plenty you can do to reduce your risk of osteoarthritis getting worse over time. One of the single biggest risk factors for osteoarthritis is being overweight. It makes sense – the more you weigh, the more pressure you’re putting with every step on the joints that carry all your weight. Recommending regular exercise may seem counter-intuitive – after all, surely this puts more pressure on your joints too? Theoretically yes, but keeping your joints mobile is key to reducing the progression of symptoms. Avoid high impact exercises (not just rugby but also jogging on pavements without  good padded shoes etc.). An over-the-counter supplement called GOPO, based on a particular rosehip extract, may also help.

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