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Hip Pain Relief and Treatment

Hip pain can occur for several reasons. Fortunately, there are several non-surgical treatments available to help you maintain mobility and prevent further damage to the hip joint.

Medication is often the first line of treatment for hip pain relief. The purpose of medication is to reduce inflammation and slow down the loss of bone density. Drugs like Tylenol or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, like Motrin or Aleve are often helpful in relieving joint pain. Some topical gels can also help reduce inflammation.

Applying ice to the area a few times a day in intervals of about 15 minutes and resting as much as you can, can help you feel better.

Exercise. Low impact exercises, stretching, yoga, resistance training and swimming are great exercises to help with hip pain relief and improve mobility of the joints.

Because your hip carries the load of your body, losing weight can help reduce stress on your joints and ease pain.

Physical therapy can help understand the underlying causes of the pain as well as be a part of a multi-faceted, comprehensive approach to treatment. Physical therapy may be a non-invasive type of treatment, right for patients for whom surgery is not indicated.

Injections can be used for either helping relieve pain, such as is the case of intra-articular Injections or ultrasound-guided cortisone injections, as well as for diagnosis purposes, in which an injection of a numbing medicine is injected directly into the joint to confirm that the joint is in fact the source of the pain.

Certain assistive devices, such as canes and walking aids can help keep you from putting excess weight on your joints. Shoe insoles help lessen the pressure on your hips by helping you support, align and improve the function of your feet.

If pain is not helped by any non-invasive treatment available, surgery may be necessary. Total hip joint replacement, hip resurfacing and other types of hip surgery are now available through arthroscopy, reducing the invasiveness of the procedure as well as the down time.