Home Remedies for Hip Pain
The hip is without a doubt one of the most important parts of the human body. We all have hips, they provide strength, support, and stability for our spine and organs, you wouldn’t want to imagine yourself without hips. Your hip parts are responsible for keeping your mobile and supporting your weight. The hip is a very stable and strong joint, it is known as a ball-and-socket joint. This is because of the ball-like shape of the thigh bone which sits inside a hollow socket in your pelvis. It is these ball-and-socket joints that give the most movement of all types of joints in the body.
The hip joint is gripped together by a covering of muscles which are attached to the bones by strong cords called tendons. Given how you use your hip (hip joint) every day which can make it vulnerable to stress, it is not uncommon to experience Hip Pain.
Hip pain can be caused by a range of problems. The exact location of the pain you are encountering on your hip can give hints of the possible causes. Problems around the hip joint itself most times result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin.
Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
Some of the most common reasons for hip pain are:
Arthritis, bursitis or joint inflammation, hip dislocation or hip fracture, hip labral tear, cancer, tendinitis, sprains/strains, inguinal hernia, osteoporosis, osteomyelitis or bone infection, synovitis or inflammation of the membrane in joint cavities.
Home Remedies for Hip Pain
Now, if your hip is aching and interfering with your daily life, you can try these simple and yet effective home remedies to relieve yourself of the hip pain.
It is recommended that one rests at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours when hip pain surfaces. This means you should give up jogging, especially for the runners and dancers and any other physical activity that requires your hip bearing any weight that will result in more pains, take squats for example. Just rest that hip for at least a day or two and make sure not to sleep on the hip too.
Over-the-counter pain relievers
Inflammation that might be causing or increasing your pain can be reduced by pain-relieving medications like ibuprofen or Advil, Motrin IB, acetaminophen or Tylenol, and naproxen sodium or Aleve.
Placing a pack of ice to the area where you are feeling the pain can help reduce the inflammation and make your hip feel good again. In cases of intense pain, it is recommended to place the ice four to five times a day, ten to fifteen minutes for each placing. You can easily make an ice pack by stacking ice in a plastic bag. To avoid skin irritation, you should wrap a towel around the ice pack.
Gently stretching your body may ease hip pain, especially in cases where the pain is caused by a strain or a pinched nerve. Do not try to hasten results by overstretching, you may end up worsening the pain. Just keep it gentle and easy.
Wrapping the pelvis and hip with a thick ace bandage might be helpful.
It is easier to elevate ankle and knee joints compared to hip joints. Elevating an aching joint helps to reduce the pains, the hip joint is no exception when it comes to elevation. Like I said earlier, it is not easy yet possible. Elevation of the hip is simply raising one hip vertically upwards. You may need to hold on to a table to avoid falling down if the pain becomes worsened in the process.
Hip pains caused by strains, tendinitis, and some forms of arthritis can be handled at home. Besides the tips above, you can try tai chi and yoga. These exercises are slow with gentle stretching and deep breathing. They both help you relax and turn your body in ways that won’t aggravate your pain.
For persons with Rheumatoid arthritis, tai chi and yoga would most likely benefit them.
If you are overweight or obese, losing some weight can help ease the stress on your joints and so clear hip pains you are experiencing. Been overweight is not just unhealthy for the heart alone but for the joints too. Most overweight persons may likely have cases of cartilage breakdown because the more weight that’s on a joint, the more stressed the joint becomes, and the more likely it will wear down and be damaged. It cannot be overemphasized the amount of body weight that the hips bear, as such, watch your weight.
This form of exercise is easier on the joints as compared to walking or running, you can try this and also get good results. Avoid strokes that require using more of your thighs to do the whole activity in order not to overstress and cause more pain.
You can gently ride a bicycle and observe how it feels in your hip. Do not overdo this in anticipation for rapid healing, you may end up severely injured. Be gentle.
Pains may sometimes appear without any obvious cause and may refuse to go away after several home remedies, it is advisable to visit your doctor and get an X-ray or a scan done on your hip. This would make detection of the cause easier and faster and thus a ready form of more targeting medication. If your hip pain is as a result of falling, dislocation or fracture, visiting a doctor should be considered first in order to get quick medical attention.
Other causes of hip pain may require blood tests. Conditions as this may indicate more serious causes such as Bone Cancer or Leukemia. These are very rare cases and may not be noticed if tests are not done. It is safer to seek the help of an expert in the field when these already mentioned home remedies prove ineffective and pain persists.