Do you suffer from hip pain that makes it difficult to walk up a flight of stairs, pick up something from the floor, or stand up from a low chair? Here are some nonsurgical treatments that might bring substantial relief:
- Pain medications: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or prescription medications such as meloxicam can be very effective in relieving painful arthritic hip symptoms. They work by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins which cause inflammation. Other medications that can be used are disease modifying antirheumatic drugs such as methotrexate. In case of severe arthritis, corticosteroids such as prednisone could also be used.
- Hip injections: Steroids may be injected into a painful hip to lower inflammation while minimizing side effects. A nonsteroidal medication known as hyaluronan may also be injected into the hip joint to lubricate it and reduced pain caused by friction between the bones in the joint.
- Physical therapy: A qualified physical therapist will help improve range of motion and strength of the muscles supporting the hip joint. A person suffering with hip pain due to arthritis may experience improvement of symptoms within a few weeks or months of following a specifically tailored physical therapy program. The goal of physical therapy is to improve hip function and minimize dependence on pain medication.
- Supporting aids: Using a walking aid such as a cane or a walker can help relieve some of the pressure on an injured hip caused by weightbearing. Special tools to help you with performing routine activities that might aggravate your pain such as putting on your shoes or reaching for objects can also be used.
- Platelet rich plasma therapy: Painful chronic hip conditions such as hip bursitis can be treated with platelet rich plasma therapy. The platelet rich plasma is derived from the patient’s own blood. The concentrated plate rich plasma is injected into the injured area to promote healing.
- Stem cell therapy: An exciting new breakthrough in the field of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is being used to regrow bone and soft tissue. Stem cellsused for healing musculoskeletal injuries are usually derived from the patient’s bone marrow. The stem cells are concentrated in a laboratory and re-injected into the site of injury. Patients can return to their active lives following the procedure.
If you have sustained a hip injury or have a degenerative joint condition, contact your doctor or an orthopedic physician to find out about the latest treatments that might benefit you.
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