THE LINK BETWEEN HIP ARTHRITIS AND DEATH
IN THE FEMALE GERIATRIC POPULATION
While it's certainly true that physical activity is a big deal, it is not the only self management intervention that needs to be addressed concerning this issue. For one, the diet will almost always need to be tweaked, if not completely changed. I would suggest that you take a look at the online pictures of Dr. Weston Price's seminal Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Although the mechanisms are different, living the HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE will rot your bones just as surely as it will rot your teeth.
Recently, even Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis often referred to as DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE) is being hailed as one of the numerous "CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES" (see The Role of Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis from the April 2013 issue of Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease). According to this study, "Osteoarthritis has traditionally been classified as a noninflammatory arthritis." But in the words of Bob Dylan, the times, they are a changin'. There are few health problems left that inflammation is not considered part of --- particularly with the advances made in understanding the "GENETIC FACTORS" of most disease processes
If you are one of those folks who has chronic Hip Flexor problems (HERE), PIRIFORMIS ISSUES, gait abnormalities, or any number of other situations, you need to deal with these. Beyond this, my best advice for solving a problem such as this (hopefully before it really gets started) would be to take a look at the post I did last week on knee pain, as the solutions for the hip will be similar to the knee. (HERE).