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Osteoarthritis (OA) and Hip Pain Treatment Options
Treatments for hip pain focus on ways to manage discomfort and improve function. Most successful treatments involve a combination of methods tailored to individual needs, lifestyle, and health. Before beginning any treatment program, OA sufferers should discuss the options with their doctor(s) to determine the best treatment for them. Some examples of treatment options include:
Exercise and physical therapy
One of the best and most inexpensive treatments for OA*, exercise and physical therapy may
- Improve mood and outlook
- Decrease pain
- Increase flexibility
- Improve the heart and blood flow
- Help achieve a healthy weight
- Promote general physical fitness
Weight is a contributing cause of OA and joint pain. Losing weight may help alleviate pain and improve joint function. A healthy diet and exercise can facilitate weight loss, resulting in reduced stress on the joints and limit further injury.
If your condition is not too severe, there are ways to help relieve pain and stiffness without drugs or surgery. These include warm towels, hot packs, a warm bath or heated pool; or, in some cases, cold packs (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel).
Medicines like acetaminophen, topical pain-relieving creams, mild narcotic painkillers, and corticosteroids are commonly used to treat the pain and inflammation of OA. These can provide temporary relief from joint pain, but they do not provide long-term pain management or prevent further damage to the joint.
- Osteotomy is a procedure often used for younger people when their leg is not straight and the cartilage wear is confined to one part of the joint. Unfortunately, the success of this operation decreases as the degree of arthritis and deformity increases.
- Hip replacement (arthroplasty) is an option for those who are no longer getting pain relief from nonsurgical treatments. Hip replacement can help reduce hip pain and restore movement.
Many people delay joint replacement due to fear, misinformation, or a lack of awareness about their treatment options. Don’t be one of them. You don’t have to unnecessarily live with the physical pain, stiffness and reduced mobility that affect many areas of everyday life. There is no cure for OA and it is degenerative, which means that any pain and limited mobility you are experiencing are likely to get worse over time.
Continue reading this site and speak with your doctor to learn more about your options.
*All of these treatment options have risks. You should discuss these with your doctor.
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