Tips For Treating Hip Pain At Home

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of different things and many hip problems are caused by a specific injury or arthritis. However, some incidents of hip pain are caused by a mechanical overload from a problem elsewhere in the body; a problem in the lower back, pelvis, knee or foot can cause a painful problem in the hip. This overload can lead to the muscles around the hip having to work harder and cause hip pain.

The Problem With Hip Pain

People that suffer with hip pain often find that they struggle a lot more than those that suffer from pain in other parts of the body, and this is simply to do with the fact that the hip is such a relied upon area. Our hip is used when walking, sitting, standing, lying and going about day to day life with a hip problem can cause round the clock pain.

Regardless of what is causing a hip pain sufferers tend to find the pain to be very similar. Patients can find their hip seizes up or becomes stiff if they have been sitting for too long and pain can increase throughout the day as the hip is used more.

Hip pain can lead to other problems in the body, as patients will often try to work around the pain. Standing at a twisted angle, sitting with a slump and changing the walk they walk seems to be a way to reduce hip pain at first, but adapting in this way can lead to problems with the lower back.

How To Treat Hip Pain

There are some useful techniques that can reduce hip pain, and they can all be done from home.

Ice Packing - Using ice is a common way to treat injuries and pain. It works by preventing swelling and cooling down the tissue, which prevents tissue damage and further pain. Ice packing can be done using a gel pack, an ice pack or even a bag of frozen peas.

Stretching Hip Flexors - It is well known that stretching can loosen muscles and help to alleviate the pain. The hip flexor is a group of muscles that is used to lift knees and bend the waist; stretching this group can help with hip pain.

Foam Rolling Legs - Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, similar to massage. By applying pressure to specific areas on the legs, foam rolling aids in the recovery of muscles and helps them to remain elastic and healthy.

As hip pain can lead to other problems in the body it is important to prevent it as much as possible. Seeking the help of a chiropractor is one of the most beneficial ways to help with hip pain. At Aceso Family Chiropractic clinic in Buckingham, we specialise in helping with all types of pain and can help advise you on the specific techniques that would benefit your specific problem.