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More than 51% folks above the age of 40 years suffer from hip pain. With time and age, hip joint has to undergo wear and tear especially in people who have a greater body mass index. It is the body’s largest ball socket joint and like all ball socket joints, it has a cartilage that acts as a cushion for the prevention of friction and for encouraging movement. If you have a sore hip or are having a difficulty in walking due to the pain, never ignore it, rather it is advised that you take professional help.
The story of Annie Karp:
Here, the story of Annie Karp fits perfectly well, she was not overweight, neither was she a couch potato, she was quite athletic and was also a dancer. One day out of nowhere, she started experiencing severe pain in her hip joint. It was almost incapacitating and she visited six specialists but all of their efforts were in vain until the seventh doctor found the cause.
She had what is called a hip impingement, which is the impaired movement of the hip joint. This is caused by stressed adolescent bones usually but it can occur otherwise too due to the stress on the cartilage cushion. Her hip pain was relieved with the required surgery and a few months of physiotherapy.
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A few things that you should know if you are experiencing the slightest of hip pain are:
Understanding why the pain originated in the first place:
There are numerous causes of hip pains. The most common ones are:
- Arthritis: there are two types of arthritis that can cause pain in the hip and groin area. Osteoarthritis is the most common type which is caused by the wear of protective cartilage. The other one is septic arthritis which happens due to an infected hip joint
- Torn or damage cartilage: this can cause a huge discomfort in your hip joint. The damage can be done either due to wear and tear or due to stress that is endured by the joint. It is not necessary only aged people face this problem
- Nerve injuries: the sciatic vein lies on the base of our spine. Small pressures or injuries to the vein can cause huge pains in the hip area
- Gynecological: according to Dr. Stephanie E. Siegrist (M.D.) gynecological problems in women can lead to hip problems. Which is why it should not be assumed that it is arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis
Signs and symptoms (when to decide you need a doctor):
The signs and symptoms that you experience during any kind of illness or physical problem need to be observed carefully. You might be thinking that your symptoms are unique, but truly you will be amazed how these symptoms make your diagnosis simple and easy. Some of the signs that you should look for in your hip pain to know that it is serious are:
- Pain that is not subsiding after rest or a period of inactivity, rather it is getting worse
- Pain that increases its intensity due to any kind of activity or exertion needs tending to
- Tenderness in the affected area. Tenderness can be checked either by putting pressure on the side of the aching hip or on lying on the hurting side. If it sends a sharp and shrill pain, then the area is tender
- The pain that starts radiating and referring to other parts that are in the vicinity of the affected area needs to be tended to and diagnosed as soon as possible
- The pain that forces you to start limping even after giving it a time of rest
- If the affected area is warm to touch, there might be an infection going on, on the inside
- Feeling or visually seeing any kind of swelling shows that something is not right and needs tending to
- If you have a fever along with the hip pain, you need to see the doctor
As Dr. Vail says, if the severity of pain keeps increasing and the pain does not respond to medication, it is time to get evaluated by a physician as this is the situation where knowledge is power. Each possibility will be worked out to find the root cause of your pain which certainly cannot be done by a layman.
How to get rid of the excruciating pain:
The very first thing to do when you feel any kind of a pain in any part of your body is to take any over the counter painkiller so that the intensity of the pain is reduced. Next, you can try some home remedies to get rid of the pain, these are:
- Ice pack: the answer to almost all the pain problems, take an ice pack and put it on the affected area for 15-minutes at least thrice a day. This helps in case there is inflammation or swelling in your joint. You will feel the inflammation and swelling
- Hot water bottle: if you don’t see any inflammation and feel like the pain is due to a pulled muscle or a similar problem, putting a hot water bottle on the affected area to provide warmth can be a good option. Especially after applying a pain-relieving cream. This remedy has been known to help many people
- Applying a homemade patch for relieving pain. Usually, the most common patch used is mixing turmeric and table salt with hot mustard oil and applying it to the affected area. After applying cover it with a thick cloth to keep the heat in
The last two remedies are synonymous to physiotherapy as they the treatment includes providing heat. If these remedies don’t help, it is advised you visit your physiotherapist or contact Pillars of Wellness in order to help you cure your pain.
Tried and tested preventions to avoid hip pain.
As the cliché says, “prevention is better than cure”, if you follow a certain set of rules, you can save yourself a lot of suffering. According to Madeline R. Vann, MPH managing your hip pain at home and taking good care of yourself along with rest results in the betterment of pain in almost all the cases but if rest and prevention do not help, it is time to see the doctor.
Some of the ways to prevent hip pain are:
- If you are an athlete, make sure you wear the required braces to provide support and do the necessary stretching exercises before exertion
- If you get tired or feel discomfort, don’t push beyond the limit
- Wear shoes that support your body type
- Avoid stressing your joints by understanding what your body can endure and what it cannot endure
- Look out for your weight as more weight means more pressure
- If you experience an injury don’t wait for it to get fixed on its own
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