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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 railing."

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 again."

Steve's story reflects his experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Steve, to protect his privacy.

For more information, see the topic Osteoarthritis.

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Last Updated: April 09, 2013
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