Hip Pain: The Culprit and Care Options

Not many other ailments are so annoying and so common as hip pain. Affecting a large people of all types and ages, hip pain is among the worst problems not because of its severity, but because of its limitations on mobility. It is not fun for anybody to wake up to pain as they stretch their joints or constantly wince as they walk. Thankfully there are some options to alleviate hip pain.

Capsule of hip-joint (distended). Posterior as...
Capsule of hip-joint (distended). Posterior aspect. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Causes It

Not all hip pain comes directly from the hip. Areas around the hip are often injured or hurt in some way and cause pain that seems to be coming from the hip. Tendons around the hip joint can become inflamed cause pain to the entire hip area. The sciatic nerve in the back sometimes becomes inflamed and produces pain that seems to be coming from the hip. The same thing may happen with other nerves as well, commonly being a cause of pain in this area during pregnancy.

Pain in the body is usually a signal that something is not right, that some part of the body is not functioning as it is designed to. The hip joint, like all joins consists of a very smooth ball at the end of the leg bone and a hip socket into which it fits.

The socket is lined with cartilage, but nothing else is supposed to fill the space in the joint. However, sometimes the socket can become filled with various fluids resulting in pain, as the hip has to stretch to accommodate those fluids. This is often cause by injury or disease that brings about inflammation. Another reason is that the cartilage can wear away, causing direct bone exposure in the joint. This results in bone rubbing against bone and can be very painful.

Hip pain is often a result of fractures to the hip or leg bones. Many people develop hip fracture as result of osteoporosis.

Another reason is falling. As a person ages, falling can become more and more dangerous. Falls can bring injuries that cause inflammation in the hip joint which results in ongoing hip pain.

What to Do About It

The first thing that anyone should do when experiencing noticeable pain is to consult their doctor. Do not let an article on the internet provide your only advice for treatment. However here are several ways that have been known to provide relief.

  • For those who getting older, it may be wise to begin using a cane. This can prevent falling and the subsequent joint pain. Avoid walking in areas that may contribute to a fall.
  • A variety of pain medicines can be obtained without a prescription. Ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen are available at any pharmacy; however one should be sure to consult their doctor to verify that it will not react with any other medication. Be sure to consult the pharmacists as to whether any medications will compound existing health problems.
  • Adequate sleep should never be underestimated. The body does much of its healing and growth while sleeping, and spending extra time resting can assist the body in restoration. Sleeping with a pillow between the legs has also been known to help alleviate the pain.
  • A good diet is also essential to provide all the nutrients that the body needs to heal. Be especially sure to get enough calcium.
  • Weight loss will often ease hip pain as the joints have less weight to support. Warming up adequately before exercising can help. Running can be very hard on the joints, so runners should find alternate exercises if they are experiencing joint problems.
  • Avoid standing for too long.
  • Put inserts in your shoes to cushion you step

How an Assisted Living Facility Can Help

Those with chronic hip pain will find helpful assistance when living at an assisted living facility. Assistants are always nearby to help if you are struggling to get out of bed, or if your joints are hurting to bad for you to perform everyday tasks. Help will always be nearby if you fall and struggle to get back up. The facilities will always provide walkways that are safe unlikely to cause unnecessary joint strain. Knowledgeable people will also be nearby to advise you on how to deal with your hip pain.

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