Injuries, bone or joint conditions, spinal issues or simply the wear and tear of moving and aging – hip pain can have many different causes. Consulting an orthopaedic specialist is a necessity to determine the cause and the best way to help you address the issue and become pain-free, if at all possible.
Acute issues such as hip bursitis, sciatica or an inguinal hernia often respond well to targeted treatment. If your hip aches as a symptom of a more general condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis or a lumbar spine problem, a broader approach to diagnostics and treatment might be necessary. In some cases, surgery or a treatment regimen with medication might be your best options. However, with your doctor’s guidance, there are also a few things you can do at home to manage your hip pain – or even avoid it altogether.
Get up and move
One of the most important things you can do to retain or regain range of motion and flexibility in your hip and lumbar region is to lead an active life. Find a low-impact physical activity that you enjoy and that does not aggravate your condition, such as moderate walks, swimming, water aerobics, cycling or yoga. Whatever exercise works for you (and your doctor) is good, as long as it keeps you from a sedentary lifestyle. Take reasonable breaks and rest when necessary. Pushing yourself a bit can be beneficial, but don’t overdo it. Exercise that causes pain is never a good thing.
Hot and cold
Depending on the cause of the pain and your hip condition, you may find relief with the application of heat or cold. A bath in a hot tub or Jacuzzi with massage jets or even a hot pack applied directly to the hip joint can feel good and improve flexibility. Please do not use heat if your hip area is swollen or if you are treating an inflammatory condition such as tendonitis or bursitis.
Inflamed hip joints and many types of chronic pain respond well to ice packs. Apart from numbing pain, the cold also constricts blood vessels, which helps with bringing down swelling and reducing inflammation.
All in moderation
Whether you want to avoid future hip issues or are trying to manage chronic hip pain, moderation – even if that sounds a little boring – is your friend. Reaching or maintaining a reasonable weight that is not too taxing for your joints, enjoying an active lifestyle and finding a good balance of stress and relaxation will benefit your hip and help you stay flexible and as pain-free as possible. Add professional advice from the best orthopaedic doctor Dr Siow for Hip Pain treatment.