Research data from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that about 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It refers to the medical condition in which the cartilage in the joint breaks down, leading to the formation of spurs or humps of bone in the joint.Afflicted patients may experience pain, joint stiffness, and tenderness in the hips, medical experts say.
Apart from surgery, there are other treatment options that provides hip pain relief and they are as follows:
1. The RICE method RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This remedy is supported by Amy Humphrey, a physical therapist at Body Dynamics, Inc. in Arlington, Va., and spokesperson for the American Therapy Association. Humphrey works with the Washington ballet and she advises dancers to use RICE whenever hip pain strikes them. What can RICE do to relieve hip pain?
Rest may relax your strained muscles and surrounding tissues. It may reduce the swelling and irritation of the muscles. Rest, according to Humphrey, means avoiding activities that cause the pain. It also means staying away from activities that could aggravate it.
When applied to the affected area, ICE may reduce the swelling and alleviate the pain. Cooling treatments such as sponge bath or ice pack may provide short-term relief because cold treatment has the tendency to reduce the constriction of the blood vessels. A pack of ice applied on the hip area as often as four to five times a day for 15 to 20 minutes may make your hips feel better.
Compression, which may be done by surrounding the hip area with bandage, can reduce swelling and help ease the pain.
Elevation works to minimize the swelling and relieve the pain. It may be done by putting the feet up in a reclining position, thereby elevating the hips. Putting a pillow or cushion under the hips can also elevate the hips, thereby alleviating pain.
2. Do Light Physical Activities
Low-impact exercises such as stretching, walking and light yoga promotes elasticity and flexibility of the hip muscles. It not only strengthens the muscles of your hips but also increases its mobility. Light physical activities must be chosen in order not to hurt your hips even more. Water exercises also helps in relieving hip pain because it releases the pressure on your hips. Walking in a pool with shallow waters is one of the best aquatic exercises for the hips.
3. Apply heat
Heat promotes normal blood circulation. If you apply heat on the hip area, it relaxes the strained bones and muscles. Hot baths, heat pads or heat packs may provide instant pain relief when applied to the affected area. Heat works to give signals to the brain, thereby blocking the pain.
4. Get a massage
Massage on the hip area done by experts relaxes the hip bone and promotes blood circulation within the surrounding area. It also soothes the tired muscles and bones, keeping them at rest and comfortable.
5. Physical therapy
Orthopaedic conditions are best treated with the guidance of a physical therapist. Physical therapists are trained to help you restore your pre-injury state by helping you increase mobility and regain strength. They use modalities that can stimulate the muscles and strengthen the bones.
6. Take some medication
There are various over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen that may provide temporary relief from hip pain. If hip pain is caused by osteoarthritis, doctors may prescribe the drug Fosamax. However, this drug has been a subject of controversies because it has been associated with many side effects such as osteonecrosis of the jaw and Fosamax bone fractures.