Hip pain can make getting on with your daily activities very difficult. It can affect your ability to walk comfortably or at all and in every instance where the pain is not alleviating or is difficult to bear you should speak to your doctor. Hip pain can be caused by a wide range of different factors and treated in many different ways.
What causes hip pain?
Most hip pain is caused by a very simple explanation. Some women, for example, experience menstrual pain in the area whilst overexerting yourself in exercise it can also occur as you strain or inflame the tissues in the area. Hip pain can also be caused by more serious issues such as osteoporosis, hip fracture, dysplasia or an infection in the area.
How is hip pain diagnosed?
It is usually recommended you visit your GP if your hip pain doesn’t get better or in fact gets worse over a two week period. Your doctor will ask you about the pain and how it effects your movement. Your doctor will carry out a physical examination, testing the movement of your hip and from there should be able to plan your treatment, which can include immediate medication or further testing such as x-rays for fractures and blood tests for infections of rheumatoid arthritis.
Hip pain relief
If you are managing your pain from home then you can take regular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help to reduce the pain and light exercise, and reducing the strain on your hip through rest and less exertion is also a good idea. In terms of treatment from professionals, you may be prescribed bisphosphonates if you are receive a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Steroid injections are often the solution for hip problems caused by inflammation t the joint and you may also be referred for physiotherapy or occupational therapy. Your treatment in every instance will be entirely based upon your diagnosis and the condition which doctors believe underlies your pain. Being diagnosed with a serious condition such as osteoporosis can feel daunting but if it allows you to access an effective treatment plan then it is worth making that first step and speaking to your doctor.