Never underestimate a hip pain. Although it is a minor pain, if it remains to be persistent see a medical doctor as soon as possible.
Here are some self-care tips for managing hip pain:
1. Avoid activities that aggravate hip pain.
2. Have a good rest. Try not to walk and stay off your feet as much as possible.
3. Apply ice. Since it lowers the inflammation, it can help to rampage your hip pain. You can apply ice cubes or ice packs by wrapping a towel around it for 4-5 times a day about 10-15 minutes.
4. Try to sleep on your non-painful side with a cushion or pillow between your legs.
5. Use an OTC pain reliever. Although these medications can be taken without prescription, call your doctor and use it under their guidance. You may take:
a. Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others ) This group, usually called as non-aspirin pain reliever, relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold by requiring a greater amount of pain to develop prior to feeling it.
b. Aspirin. Usually is being used to treat mild-moderate pain and to reduce fever and inflammation.
c. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others).
d. Naproxen sodium (Aleve and others)
Any pain surrounding the hip joint is considered as a hip pain. Hip pain is a very common medical condition in any society and reduces the health related quality of life. Although hip pain is more common in older population, it can affect all ages, including children.
Because of it's structural nature (there are numerous structures surrounding the hip), there may be a variety of reasons to be responsible from this medical discomfort and to address it appropriately (with accurate diagnosis and treatment), it is crucial to understand the underlying cause of the hip pain.
The questions need to be answered is;
1. Is the problem related within the hip joint? (which leads a pain inside of your hip or groin)
2. Is the pain on the outside of your hip? (like upper thigh or outer buttock in which muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues around the hip are responsible from the pain)
3. Is the pain caused by the other parts of your body? (including lower back or knees as a referred pain)
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1. "MedlinePlus - Health Information from the National Library of Medicine." Hip Pain. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.
2. Hip Pain. " Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 01 Jan 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/>.
If your hip pain is related to an intense physical activity, try to take these steps for yourself:
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