Steve's Story: Coping With Arthritis - Steve's story
Time for surgery continued...
At age 55,
Steve got a new hip, and he's happy that he did. "I was pretty much pain-free
after about a month and a half. It's a strange feeling to be able to walk
without a limp and to walk up and down stairs without grabbing onto the
He encourages others who might need surgery to find a
doctor they can trust. Steve also says it’s important to ask a lot of questions
and be clear on the risks and benefits of having the surgery. And, if it's
possible, he suggests that people try to relieve the pain with medicine and
exercise first, especially if their pain isn't really bad, because it may help
for a while.
Even though Steve had to give up playing squash after
his surgery, he’s now back to enjoying other activities that once caused him
pain, such as traveling overseas and sightseeing. "I could barely make it
through a small part of the day," he says. "Now, these things are a pleasure
Steve's story reflects his experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Steve, to protect his privacy.
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