How can I get relief from hip pain without surgery?
If your physician is not prescribing surgery for the hip pain, you can try the following non-surgical options to alleviate the pain and to enhance your mobility:
Simple pain relievers like acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation in the joint.
Cortisone injections can help provide relief from pain when at the same time reducing inflammation. Alternately, viscosupplementation, which involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint, can help the joints to function properly by acting as a lubricant.
Many people with hip pain will be overweight. In these people, weight loss can help reduce stress on the weight-bearing joints like the hip. Thus, it can result in decreased pain and increased functionality.
Not only will an exercise routine help increase the range of motion and flexibility, but also they will help strengthen your muscles. Physical exercises are often found to be effective in decreasing pain and enhancing functionality. You can talk to your doctor and can develop a customized exercise program to meet your needs and lifestyle.
Physical therapy can help with everything from improving strength and range of motion to help maintain your muscle tone. Work with a physical therapist and develop a plan to fix your problem. Normally, if you have arthritis in your hip, you will receive physical therapy for 6 to 10 weeks, 2 to 3 times a week.
Braces and Splints:
A brace can help with stability and function. You can view the hip braces here.
You can try alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and magnetic pulse therapy for getting some relief. However, the data on these methods are somewhat inconclusive.