Tell-tale signs of hip problems include pain in the hip joint, limping, referred pain (pain stemming from other issues) in the knees and thighs, hip joint stiffness, and a reduced range of motion.
Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience:
A joint that appears deformed
Inability to move
Inability to bear weight on the leg
Fever or redness (May be a sign of infection)
• Rest- Provide rest to the affected area, especially if experiencing hip pain while walking. Try not to sleep on the side that hurts.
• Avoid prolonged sitting- Often times patients experience hip pain while sitting. In any case, avoid staying seating for prolonged periods of time.
• Ice and heat- Apply cold compress in the form of ice bags. Conversely, hot showers and baths can relax the muscles for stretches that can ease the pain.
Use OTC pain relievers. Drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can provide relief.
Both ice and heat can provide relief. Cold compresses slow down blood flow, which reduces redness and inflammation. On the other hand, taking warm baths or showers can ease muscle tension and help prepare the body for stretching.
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