Home Remedies for Hip Pain
Hip pain can be a big nuisance, as it prevents standing movements such as walking, or any movement which is done upright. There are ways to help your hips feel better, and here are some home remedies that you can try to help relieve the pain without leaving your house. I hope this helps you soothe the pain in your hips.
The best way to help any injury and prevent further injury is to rest first and foremost. Continuing to use a part of your body that has been injured will only make the injury worse and more painful. Yes, it is important to use your body sometime after an injury to help get it back into shape with physical therapy, but not immediately after an injury. It is important to take at least a few days to a week to rest your injury so that it can start to repair itself. Movement within a few days after an injury will only make the injury more intense. After this point, consult a doctor to look at your injury so they can tell you the when the best time would be to get back on your feet.
Another important way to heal your injury is to use ice on the injury. What saved me is a sciatica massage. You can try to do this massage at home. Ice will reduce the swelling in an injury. Swelling can make an injury worsen, and using an ice pack on the area will keep swelling at bay. Never use an ice pack, ice cubes, or anything frozen directly on an injury because the direct cold is not good for the injury. When using an ice pack or anything frozen, wrap the frozen compress in a hand towel or paper towels so there is a layer and barrier between the injury, your skin, and the frozen compress. Try short periods of icing the injury, about 15 minutes on the injury with ice, and then take a break. Ice compresses can be applied after the break, and then have another break after that. Ice can also soothe the pain temporarily. Heat can also be applied to an injury to reduce the pain and promote healing. There are special heat compresses that can be found with your doctors help. These can be electric, or warmed up in the microwave. These heat compresses help to loosen up the injury, so that the injured muscular area will continue to get blood flow which is important in a healing injury, and so that you will not be too tight to exercise the muscle after you have healed. Because rest is so important the muscle may get tight due to inactivity, but using heat compresses will reduce the tightness of the muscle. Use heat and ice compresses alternatively during the day to reduce swelling and bring new blood to the area.
Standard leg injuries call for compression and elevation to help them heal. Although this may be difficult for the hips, try to maintain the other two protocol, rest and ice/heat compresses. Laying down on a bed or couch is better for the hips than sitting in a chair.
Traditional pain killers such as over the counter ibuprofen can help to ease the pain you feel in your hips. Take some ibuprofen when you feel a flare up in your hips to reduce the amount of pain you eel. This does not eliminate the need to rest and apply heat to your injury, but an anti-inflammatory ibuprofen in the extra strength category should help to reduce the pain you feel and also reduce swelling which is good for the healing process.