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I am 36 and have had clicky and painful hips since I was about 12. I have 2 children now and after having each child my hip symptoms seemed to become more significant. My youngest is now two. I decided to revisit the doctor - I have been told for many years that it is just because I am tall (at 5'11''). My GP referred me to physio and i managed to see an extended scope practitioner who found i have a leg length discrepancy (2.5 cm lying down but 5cm standing up) but my range of movement and power is very good. I had an xray which I have just been told shows early degenerative changes of noth hips but a healthy pelvis. Is this as bad as it sounds or have we all probably got these if we had an xray? The physio reported that my acetabulum has a roughened surface (which should be smooth) and there is evidence of some underlying wear in the form of white patches on the xray???? A joint space is still apparent.
I get discomfort all day with my left (shorter) side but my right side seems to flare up and then get better.
Exercise like pilates helps but long walks when its cold or a day out tending the garden seems to aggravate it.
I am keen to learn about how i can best manage the degenration and if there is anything I can do to slow things down. I eat a balanced diet, am not overweight and have an active job and family life.
Any advice much appreciated
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