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Hip Pain Prevention Tips

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of diseases, injuries and conditions. Inflammation of the joints surrounding the hip can cause pain or discomfort as can a deterioration of the cartilage. Building strength in the muscles around the hip to help them support the joint better, as well as increasing flexibility can relieve stress and help you reduce the hip pain. While in some cases, such as a hip fracture, surgery may be necessary. Most hip pain can be relieved with a simple adjustment to your routine and some home remedies.

  • Watch your weight. Obesity can increase the likelihood of developing joint problems and there has been found a significantly relevant link between body mass index and osteoarthritis, a common cause of hip pain.
  • Get your Calcium. Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, can lead to hip fractures. Eat calcium-rich foods, natural supplements and get the recommended levels of Vitamin D to help maintain strong bones.
  • Anti-Inflammatories. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen can help reduce swelling, helping maintain pain under control.
  • Alternative medicine. Acupressure, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, massage, reflexology, yoga and tai-chi have all been proven to help reduce hip pain and maintain healthy joints.
  • Vitamins and supplements. Glucosamine & chondroitin, MSM, shark cartilage and gelatine are often recommended to help maintain a healthy cartilage structure to support shock.
  • Exercise and Stretch. Stretch and warm up before exercising and cool down when you finish. Exercises that strengthen your thighs are recommended as is working out in the water. Avoid high-impact exercise, running on hard surfaces and always wear properly fitting shoes.    

RICE if you’ve injured yourself. If you’ve injured yourself from activity, follow RICE – Rest, keeping away from any activity that may cause stress to the hip; Ice to control the swelling; Compress to help prevent internal bleeding; and Elevate the leg above the heart to reduce the risk of hemorrhage.