Hip pain can be an intrusive part of your day-to-day life. It hurts to sit, it hurts to walk, and it certainly hurts to work out. Almost any activity can be hindered by pesky pain in the hip.
However, there are ways to help make hip pain a little more bearable. Today, we’ll talk about some common causes of hip pain, as well as natural methods you can try to ease your hip pain.
What Causes Hip Pain
Hip pain can be caused by anything from injury, to disease, to simply overexertion. Here, are some of the most common causes of hip pain:
- Arthritis. This is the leading cause of hip pain in women, especially osteoarthritis. As the joint swells and becomes inflamed, movement of the hip can be stiff and painful. Though this is often an issue for older women, even juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can cause disruptive, painful hip movement.
- Hip Fracture. As the body ages, the hip can be especially vulnerable to fractures. Serious injuries can cause hip fractures in younger people as well, making for painful movement of the hip.
- Tendinitis. Tendinitis is inflammation of any of the tendons, the cords that attach muscle to bone. Although tendinitis is most common in the wrist, knee, elbow, or shoulder, any tendon is at risk for tendinitis, and that includes tendons in the hip area. WIth tendinitis, the muscle will feel stiff even on a relaxed day, and stretching will be painful.
- Hip Bursitis. Hip Bursitis happens when the bursa on the outer hip becomes inflamed. Symptoms can seem very similar to symptoms of osteoarthritis, but bursitis is most often caused by joint infection and muscle stress rather than the wearing down of the bone cartilage.
- Poor Sleep Posture or Mattress. Have you ever “woken up on the wrong side of the bed” physically? You can tell as soon as you start moving that you slept on something the wrong way. This often manifests as a sore hip, which could mean that your mattress is too hard or too soft or that your sleeping posture is to blame.
How to Relieve Hip Pain
There are pain relief pills that can be taken as a solution to hip pain, but pills can be dangerous if the body builds up a dependence on them. They can also lose their effectiveness over time if taken too often. A better option is the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- Rest. Rest is the body’s most natural defense against pain and injury. Make sure to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, and if you’ve been injured, avoid any activities that cause pain for at least 24-48 hours.
- Ice. Constant cold therapy can numb the area of pain and help the muscles to relax. However, if applied for too long, ice can also reduce blood flow too drastically - keeping it from getting the full amount of oxygen and nutrients or damage the skin to the point of frostbite...so only use this method in spurts of no more than 15-30 minutes at a time.
- Compression. A wrap or bandage around the hip can offer you support and help relieve the worst of the pain.
- Elevation. Kick your feet up as much as you can while reclining. The change in posture can help reduce swelling and, consequently, lessen your pain.
One solution that both combines and improves upon many of these best utilized remedies is the Nanotechnology Cool Therapy Hip Pain Relief Wrap. Instead of ice for cold therapy, this wrap uses a cool thermal gel that holds the ideal temperature for pain relief; and, works to pull heat from the body rather than simply infusing cold.
The Pain Relief Wrap rests comfortably on the hip and the cooling effect lasts for hours. When it’s time to charge it again, just put it in the fridge or freezer for about twenty minutes and reapply. It’s that simple, and completely safe and natural.
Hip pain is a challenging disruption, but it isn’t hopeless. Just take care of your body, get plenty of rest, and try our hip pain relief wrap so you can continue to go about your day the way you always have.