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I have recently lost about 50 pounds and still have about 30

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I have recently lost about 50 pounds and still have about 30 to go. I have noticed an incredible relief in joint pain since dropping the weight, which is awesome. However, prior to that I was having significant hip pain and had x-rays taken. They showed quite a deterioration in cartilage. Not bone on bone but close. Again, the pain is almost gone now but I am wondering: 1 - is there anything I can do to rebuild that tissue? 2 - What are the best exercises to strengthen without further harming my hip joints?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Im sorry to hear about your osteoarthritis however i am glad to know that weight loss has brought a lot of relief from the pain.

Now regarding the cartilage in the joint, well you have already tried glucosamine and chondritin sulfate which has some efficacy in improving the cartilage inside the joint. However there is one more treatment which can be tried and this is in the form of Hyaluronic acid injections directly into the joint. certain studies have shown its efficacy in improving the cartilage inside the joint however it is not a 100% guarantee. It does work in some patients while in other patients it isnt very effective. If you do get these injections, then you will get three to five injections spaced a week apart.

Now regarding the exercises, the best way to determine which exercises would be the best for you, you should visit a physiotherapist. He can judge the extent of the arthritis and determine which exercises would be most beneficial for you. Here are a few links with exercises which you can try at home however i would recommend that you first visit a physiotherapist before starting them,

http://www.arthrolink.com/en/advice/exercise-videos/hip

http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/hip-pain/treatment/hip-exercise.php

http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/hip-exercises-treatment

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Of all the research I have done, I had not heard of the injections before - something I am definitely going to look into and discuss with my doctor.

Thank you so much!

Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 1 year ago.

Do you have any more questions?

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 1 year ago.

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