Top Tips for Hip Pain

Hip pain can make even the most routine activities difficult, but lifestyle changes or surgery can help you live better.

Suffering from hip pain can make getting out of bed each day a daunting task. You don’t have to live with hip pain. There are many ways to manage, reduce, and even eliminate hip pain. There are many surgery options to choose from along with lifestyle and exercise tips that can help you deal with hip pain.

Tips to Manage Hip Pain

  • Exercise: Start each morning with hip stretches and exercises that will loosen up your hips and strengthen your joints. Work on strengthening your inner and outer thighs to better support your hips.
  • Low impact: Stick to exercises like walking and swimming instead of running and jumping to give your hips a healthy workout without overdoing it.
  • Ice it: A cool compress or ice pack can help relieve hip pain in your inflamed joints.
  • Heat: A warm bath or shower can relieve hip pain due to arthritis. Avoid heat if the pain is due to certain types of inflammation.
  • Healthy weight: Lose weight to take pressure off the hips.
  • Listen to your hips: Moderate exercise and activity can help relieve hip pain, but if the pain intensifies with activity, stop and consult a doctor. Don’t overdo it.
  • Nutrition: A healthy diet can reduce hip pain. Eat foods like fish and nuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, but avoid omega-6 found in baked goods, fried, and processed foods. Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Supplements and medication: Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can help reduce pain in your joints. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. Acupuncture may also be helpful in reducing pain.      

Surgery Options for Hip Pain

  • Hip replacement surgery: An artificial metal or ceramic ball and stem are used with an artificial socket made of polyethylene or metal backed with plastic.
  • Hip Resurfacing System: This innovative new treatment option involves preserving as much bone as possible by coating existing bone with a metal implant similar to a tooth cap.

St. Petersburg General Hospital offers traditional hip replacement as well as hip resurfacing surgery. The goal of St. Petersburg General is to offer the most effective and least invasive treatment possible.

If you are interesting in learning more about your options when it comes to hip and knee pain, join us for our community seminar, "Advanced Options for Hip and Knee Pain," on October 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. Dr. John Pope, Orthopedic Surgeon, will discuss the latest treatment options in joint replacement, including minimally invasive and computer-navigated arthroplasty techniques. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about this event visit our online event calendar. To register, please call 888-741-5122.

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