Not only is the hip joint the body’s largest joint, but it is also one of the body’s strongest. Yet, despite this, hip pain is a common problem that affects millions. Whether it caused by arthritis, bursitis, or some other problem, hip pain can be debilitating, and unfortunately, it can develop at any age. In today’s blog, we at NonSurgical Medical Group are going to talk about some potential ways to achieve hip pain relief. As a team of orthopedic, chiropractic, and physical therapy specialists who are passionate about helping the people of southern California achieve lasting pain relief, we are committed to helping people overcome hip pain without the use of surgery or medication. Learn more about us and our noninvasive hip pain relief.
Causes of Hip Pain
Before we get into some of the possible ways to achieve hip pain relief, we should first look at some of the common causes of hip pain:
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Hip Fracture
Hip Pain Relief Strategies
If you are suffering from chronic hip pain, you may be considering surgery or other treatments that can have adverse side effects. Before taking the plunge, we encourage you to first try natural pain relief treatments and consult with doctors who have devoted their lives to helping people find natural, non-invasive pain relief treatments. Contact us today to learn more, and read on to learn about some potential pain relief strategies.
Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation—RICE. There are few home-remedy treatments as tried-and-true as the RICE method. After an activity that elicits hip pain, remember to rest for 24 to 48 hours, applying ice regularly (up to five times a day), compressing the hip using a bandage wrap, and attempting to elevate the joint, so as to reduce swelling and help reduce pain.
Stretching the hip muscles can provide pain relief, especially relief from bursitis pain. Stretching is quite simple, but it is important to make sure that you adhere to proper technique, always feel sturdy and balanced, and never overstretch. One simple stretch is to simply kneel on the leg that’s giving you pain, tilt your pelvis forward, tighten your gluteus muscles, and then slightly lean away from the side that hurts. This should provide a thorough stretch from the top of your hip bone down to the side of your leg.
Though we certainly don’t recommend overdoing it, exercise is one of the best things you can do to help your hips. Regular exercise can help improve your range of motion, strengthen muscles that support your hip, and stretch surrounding muscles and tendons, thereby, potentially easing some of your pain and problems. It can also help you lose weight, which will lessen the load your hip has to bear. Focus on exercises that strengthen outer thighs and inner thighs, and avoid high-impact exercises like running. Instead, opt for water aerobics or swimming.
If you feel like pain relief is impossible, and you are considering an invasive surgery or medication, contact us. Though we can’t guarantee that we will be able to relieve your hip pain, we have gained a reputation for helping thousands of patients achieve tangible and lasting pain relief without using medication or surgery.
Don’t lose hope. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to see if you are a match for our noninvasive treatments!