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How Do I Treat Hip Inflammation?

Recurring pain in the hips is often due to hip inflammation.
Applying an ice pack can help reduce the swelling and inflammation of hip pain.
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Recurring pain in the hips is often due to the development of inflammation in the muscle surrounding the hipbone. Because there are many reasons why this hip inflammation may occur, the process of treating the condition will vary somewhat. However, there are a few approaches that are likely to be helpful regardless of the specific reasons behind the inflamed hip.

Hip pain is often due to some sort of ongoing ailment, such as osteoarthritis or bursitis. When this is the case, easing the discomfort includes the application of cold to the hip. By using an ice pack to help the swelling go down, the joint becomes less inflamed and more responsive to other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medication. For any pain remaining after the hip inflammation has subsided, applying a heating pad may help to relax distressed muscles and ease the discomfort.

Along with ongoing health issues, the hip inflammation may be the result of a hip injury, such as a hip sprain. For situations involving injury to the hips, a combination of carefully monitored exercises, medication, and the alternate use of heat and cold will help to reduce swelling and increase mobility. The exercises are tailored to address the specifics of the injury, making it possible to minimize the chances of causing more damage during the recuperative period.

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People who undergo hip replacement surgery often experience swelling and hip inflammation as their body adjusts to the presence of the new hip joint. As soon as possible, physical therapists will begin working with the patient to achieve hip rehabilitation. The process will usually commence in the hospital during the recovery period, and continue on an outpatient basis at a local physical therapy center. While painful, the therapy ultimately makes it possible to function with the new hip and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. Pain medication is often used in conjunction with the therapy, but is incrementally decreased and sometimes eliminated altogether as the patient regains full mobility.

Many people do not associate a balanced diet with preventing hip inflammation. However, eating properly is essential if the body’s immune system is to fight off the chances of inflammation in the hip joint. A nutritionist can work with your doctor and physical therapist to compile a list of foods you should consume regularly, as well as foods that you should avoid or at least consume in moderation. Using your diet along with proper exercise and medication to manage the pain can help you deal more effectively with a long-term health issue, as well as make your recovery from a hip injury much easier to deal with.

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