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Osteoarthritis, suggested for hip replacement, walk with a limp. Dosage for strontium ranelate? Precaution?

Hi, I am female. I have been diagnosed as suffering from Osteo- arthritis of the right HIP. The Doctor has suggested Hip replacement- but I do not want to go for this now as I am only 58 years old. Also, I am still quite mobile, and not in much pain, and I can climb stairs etc. though I walk with a limp. Please tell me if I should take Strontium ranelate (indian brand STRONAT) as I have heard that this will prevent the advancement of Osteo-arthritis . If so, what should the dosage be and how often should I take it - also are there any precautions while taking this med, thanx, shirin
Sat, 29 Mar 2014
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Hip replacement surgery is only indicated for pain because of osteoarthritis in your hip and so if you are not in too much pain then I think you are correct to hold off on surgery. There is no scientific medical literature to support the use of Strontium ranelate to prevent the advancement of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive disease for which there is no known treatment to prevent its progression. Keeping your BMI below 25, exercising, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medication can all be helpful in controlling symptoms.
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