Some people who have had an artificial hip joint for 10 to
15 years have some loosening of the joint.
Loosening is less
common with newer methods, though experts have less long-term information about
techniques that have been used in the last 5 years. People who have hip
replacement surgery today may expect their joints to remain stable longer than
those of people who had the surgery 10 or 20 years ago.
The pain of arthritis makes it tough for many people to get a good night’s sleep. Worse yet, tossing and turning at night can actually increase the perception of pain.
“There’s a reciprocal relationship between pain and poor sleep. The poorer people sleep, the more pain they tend to be in,” says Kevin Fontaine, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University. “If people with arthritis can improve the quality of their sleep, they can usually reduce their day-to-day pain.”