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When it comes to your mobility, healthy hips are paramount. So, if your hips become painful, you want to do all that you can to manage your pain and preserve your mobility.
Our goals are the same here at Western Orthopaedics, which is why our team pulled together a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to managing hip pain.
We’re going to kick off this conversation with the most important step you can take if you develop pain in one or both of your hips — seek our help. All too often, people soldier through the pain, but these heroics not only lead to more pain, they may make the problem more difficult to treat.
Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something's wrong, and this is one message you don’t want to ignore. At our practice, our goal is to preserve these all-important joints to avoid a surgical solution such as joint replacement.
While there may be times that surgery is the best course of action, if we intervene at the earliest signs of a problem, we’re often able to remedy the issue without resorting to surgery.
Once we’ve identified the source of your hip pain, we get you started on an appropriate treatment plan that should bring you relief.
While we can do our part here, there are some things you can do at home to avoid making your hip pain worse, including:
One of our first suggestions when your hips are in pain is to avoid high-impact activities like running. This type of concussive activity not only worsens your pain, but it may also interfere with healing. Instead, we recommend that you turn to lower-impact activities, such as swimming, biking, or any other activity where your hips aren’t on the frontlines.
When it comes to stretching the soft tissues in your hip joints, you need to strike a balance when they’re in pain. We recommend gentle exercises that keep your soft tissues supple, but overstretching can lead to much bigger problems. A good rule of thumb is to stop stretching the moment you feel any discomfort.
If you spend a fair amount of time in one position, we suggest you get up and move around every once in a while to avoid inflammation and stiffness. For example, if you spend hours at a desk, make sure you get up and move around every 30 minutes or so.
If you follow these steps at home and keep up with your treatment plan here at our practice, we can work together toward pain-free movement in your hips.
If you’re experiencing hip pain, contact one of our offices in Arvada or Denver, Colorado, so that we can quickly get you on the road to relief.