A SCARY NEW HIP TREND
More young guys than ever are being sidelined by hip pain.
Kyle O’Flaherty used to be stoked by his weekly workout routine – a heavy rotation of cycling, boxing, jiu-jitsu and running. But even at age 20, his hips started to ache, and not just during exercise. He’s not unusual.
“I’ve seen a tremendous spike in young, active men with hip pain in my practice in the past five to 10 years,” says orthopaedic surgeon Dr Benjamin Domb. In fact, more 45- to 54-year-olds are opting for hip replacement, according to a National Hospital Discharge Survey.
“Usually, younger patients have secondary arthritis from trauma or congenital issues,” says Dr Chua Soo Young, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Atlas Spine and Orthopaedic Surgery Centre. “Sports-related injuries are also common causes of hip pain.”
Follow our guide to keep your hips pain-free.