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Hips

hipsMaintaining strong, healthy bones is essential as we grow older. Specifically, the hip bone enables mobility for the pelvis area and lower extremity.

Did you know?

• Hip-related pain is not confined to the hip area; you may also feel pain in your mid-thigh or groin area. Pain in your hips can even represent a back problem.

• Hip pain can be caused by arthritis (inflammation on one or more joints), osteonecrosis (lack of blood flow to the bone, causing bone loss), tendonitis (inflammation, irritation and swelling of a tendon), lower back pain and infection.

• Smoking accelerates bone loss by reducing the absorption of calcium in the body.Another bone acceleration culprit? Excessive consumption of alcohol, which slows bone formation and also reduces your body’s ability to absorb calcium.

• A bone density test (aka densitometry or DXA scan) can determine whether you have or are at risk for osteoporosis.