Ailment Hip Pain

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FAQ's For Hip Pain

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:
Intense pain
Sudden swelling
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.

Hip pain is a common symptom which results in pain to the hips, buttocks, and thighs. It is a common complaint caused by a variety if different underlying conditions. Some common causes of hip pain include:
Arthritis (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or septic arthritis)
Injury (Hip fracture, hip dislocation, bursitis, hip labral tear, inguinal hernia, sprains or tendinitis)
Pinched nerves (meralgia paresthetica, sciatica, or sacroiliitis)
Cancer (Bone cancer, leukemia, or advanced stages of cancer)
Osteoporosis
Synovitis
Avascular necrosis
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

If the pain is minor, hip pain can be treated at home using the following remedies:
• 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.
• Use OTC pain relievers- Drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can provide relief.
• 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.

Doctors will suggest options for hip pain treatment based on the underlying cause of pain. If the cause is arthritis or injury, bed rest and pain relievers are the way to go. Otherwise for fractures, malformations, dislocations, etc surgery may be required. Alternative treatment options like chiropractic care, acupuncture and light yoga (as hip pain exercise) may also be helpful for patients having long-term pain.

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