Skip the Surgery- Hip Pain Treatment Without Surgery
Surgery. Not a fun word. It’s a word that incites fear in people.
It makes you think pain, recovery time, hospital stay, and lots of money spent.
You find yourself asking questions in your head like:
- Will it hurt?
- Will I be the same afterwards?
- What if I wake up during it?
- What if I don’t wake up after it?
While we know most of our fears about surgery are irrational, it doesn’t do much for keeping those thoughts from creeping into our minds.
But, what can you do about hip pain, other than have surgery?
I’m about to share that with you because there are some alternatives out there that should make you feel a lot better about your choices.
Hi, my name is Christina. I’m a busy mother of three, working five days a week, and spending my weekends cleaning house and running my family all over town.
I’m also a long-time sufferer of hip pain.
Until recently, I’d been living with this pain for so long, I almost gave it a name. It seemed like it would be a part of me forever.
Didn’t I ever talk to my doctor about my options, you ask?
Yes. Yes, I did.
But what I got was the option of hip surgery and all the complications that could come from it, as well as estimated recovery time and blah, blah, blah…blah blah.
So, I thought that’s all there was in terms of help for me, thus years and years of pain.
But guess what?!
…I was wrong!
Sick of The Pain
As you can imagine, living with pain is really quite demotivating. However, I finally got so sick of my hip pain that I had to find something I could do about it.
Surgery just couldn’t be the only way to lessen or get rid of the pain I was living with.
That’s when I started my research quest.
My journey had been a long time coming, we’re talking almost a decade, but what I found has completely changed my quality of life.
Paying It Forward
My new quest is to help you with your hip pain. You don’t have to live with it anymore.
There are things you can do to ease the pain when it’s there and things you can do to prevent the pain from even showing up at all.
You just have to know what they are and how to incorporate them into your life.
Before we get started though, I want to say that some hip pain can be caused by more serious conditions like fractures or cancers.
In those rare cases, please work with your doctor on what your course of action should be.
There are many other causes of hip pain that you can treat yourself, without ever having to undergo any type of surgery.
Here are some of the culprits that might be what’s behind your hip pain:
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Hip labral tear (rip in the cartilage)
Now it’s time to share with you what things you can do to manage your hip pain at home and skip the surgery your doctor might be pushing at you. Sharing is caring, in my book.
Over-The-Counter Pain Medication
Ok, yeah, I know, this might seem a little silly to bring up. Bear with me though.
What there is to know here is what types of medications are right for what causes of hip pain.
Not all pain medications are meant to treat the same causes of symptoms. If your hip pain is being caused by a muscle or tendon strain, that means you’re experiencing inflammation in the hip area.
That’s also the case with osteoarthritis and tendinitis, which are both conditions that can and often do exist in the hip.
You’ll want to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.
Either ibuprofen or naproxen will work.
Follow that up with some rest for your hip area and hopefully, you can get the inflammation to go down. You can also take acetaminophen.
It will help you with the pain symptom, but it isn’t an anti-inflammatory so just keep that in mind.
Arthritis can get pretty nasty in the hip area.
It’s a part of your body that sometimes doesn’t get a lot of rest.
Arthritis leads to a lot of inflammation around the hip joint, and then the hip does a lot of work with everyday movement so that leads to even more inflammation.
When you have a disease that’s actually causing your inflammation, it might be a good idea to look into something a little stronger to fight off the swelling and inflammation you’re experiencing.
There are a few good prescription medications that are great for hip pain treatment without surgery that’s being caused by arthritis.
These are corticosteroids, disease- modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS), and biologics.
You can work with your doctor to figure out which type would be right for you and your symptoms.
Ice the Area
You may have noticed I’ve mentioned inflammation quite a lot in this little chat.
That’s because inflammation, for one reason or another, causes a lot of people’s hip pain.
A simple home remedy that can help you with the swelling and inflammation is holding ice to the affected area a few times a day.
You can have a seat, place an ice pack where it hurts, and leave it for about 15 minutes.
After the ice, if you can stay off your feet for a little while to let your hip joint rest, this will help the inflammation go down even further lessening the pain you feel.
Heat the Area
So, we talked about cold, now let’s talk about hot.
Some of what causes hip pain is in the muscle. In those cases, heat is your friend.
You can use a heating pad to apply heat to the area, one of those microwave rice packs, or even just a hot shower or bath. Once you heat those muscles up, then that’s a good time for stretching of the hips.
Warm muscles benefit a lot more from any stretching you give them.
Good stretching does a lot to alleviate pain and prevention.
Your hips are joints. Any motion that’s high impact can cause pain in your hips, especially over time. Joints tend to start to break down from wear and tear as we age.
But you still want to exercise all of your joints. One really good way to do this is with swimming or water aerobics.
You’ll get a great workout but without putting any strain on your hip joints.
You’ll be able to increase your mobility with regular low impact exercise and keep your pain away at the same time.
Other more specific exercises you can do would be ones that strengthen your inner and outer thigh muscles.
These muscle groups help to support the hips so it’s a good area to focus on.
For the inner thighs, you can lie on your back with your legs in the air, place a kickball between your knees and squeeze it for 10 reps.
Over time work up to doing 3 sets of 10 reps.
For the outer thighs, lie on your side. Raise your top leg up about 6 inches, hold for a couple of seconds and lower again.
Do this for 10 reps.
Then work up to 3 sets of 10 reps as well.
With the leg lifts, just make sure you aren’t using this for hip pain caused by bursitis, as this could actually worsen your symptoms.
A great site to follow step by step is Fitness Magazine (1)
If we’re putting too much weight on our hip joints, that can definitely add to your hip pain and discomfort.
If you are carrying a little extra weight, it’s a good idea to lose some weight so that you aren’t putting any unnecessary strain on your hip joints.
There you have it. I have been living with hip pain for quite some time, but I’m not anymore.
And I wanted to make sure I could pass on everything I had found about hip pain treatment without surgery.
I know there are many more of you out there like me who don’t want to undergo surgery if you don’t need to.
So, if you’re reading this, and you feel the same way, I ask that you share this article so that others like us can get the help they’ve been looking for too.
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