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How to keep hip pain at bay?

As we grow old, we start facing health problems and most commonly, joint related problems.
In our previous blog, we spoke about a few common joint related problems like arthritis and osteoporosis and how to treat the pain. Now, let us talk about hip pain.

The hip joint is a very sturdy part of our body. It can endure multiple repeated actions in our day to day life. But despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With usage and old age, the cartilage can become damaged and overused which makes the joint fragile and susceptible to breakage and fractures due to falls or other injuries. A common solution to this is hip replacement surgery or a total hip replacement surgery but if treated early, it can be cured with simple practices.

So, if your hips feel sore, continue reading this for solutions.

Hip Pain: Causes

These are some of the conditions that commonly cause hip pain:

Arthritis:

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common causes of hip pain, especially in older people. Arthritis leads to inflammation of the hip joint and breaks the cartilage that acts like a cushion to your hip bones. People suffering from arthritis experience stiffness and have reduced range of motion in the joints with extreme pain and discomfort which gets worse if left untreated. If left untreated, this can lead to serious complications and can result in a hip replacement surgery.

Hip fractures:

As we grow old, our bones become weak and brittle which are susceptible to breakage during a fall.

Bursitis:

Bursae are sacs of liquid which lie between tissues such as bone, muscles, and tendons. They help ease the friction from these tissues that rub together during movement. Inflammation of bursae is often due to repetitive movements that overwork or irritate the hip joint causing immense pain.

Tendinitis:

Tendons are the thick bands of tissue which attach the bones to the muscles. Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendons caused by repetitive stress from overuse.

How to curb Hip-Pain?

Exercise:

Joint pains can be managed. A variety of exercises, like strength training, aerobics, range of motion, etc, can help with both joint pains and physical functioning of the hip.

Weight loss:

Many studies suggest that overweight patients experienced a reduction in joint pain and disability after weight loss. Excess body fat puts extreme pressure on the joints causing pain and discomfort. It is recommended to lose 5% of the total body fat to see a noticeable change in joint pain.

Massage Therapy:

It helps in reducing moderate pain in the hip region. Take some quantity of olive or other massage oils, and apply it on your hip area and massage it for a while. You will feel the difference.

Calcium:

Add calcium-rich food to your diet. Milk products are a rich source of calcium to add to your daily intake. It helps you make your bones stronger and getting rid of hip pain or any kind of joint pain.

Although these tips should be helpful in overcoming moderate pain or discomfort in the hip joint, these are definitely not permanent solutions. If the hip pain is giving you a tough time and causing hindrance in your daily life, it’s time you consult a doctor.

Hip Replacement Surgery:

Hip replacement surgery is a medical procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint affected with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. This is usually done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.

Book a doctors appointment with an experienced orthopedic to analyze the root of the pain and follow their advice instead of trial and error. If ignored, the pain may worsen making it almost impossible to get rid of!

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