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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A hip sprain is when a ligament in your hip is stretched or torn. Ligaments (tough tissue that connects bones) surround your hip and hold it in place.
- NSAIDs help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them in your follow-up visits.
How to care for your hip sprain:
- Rest your hip for 2 to 3 days after your injury. This will help decrease the risk of more damage to your hip.
- Apply ice on your hip for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain. You may need to apply ice to your hip at least 4 to 8 times each day.
How to exercise your hip:
After you rest your hip for about 3 days, your healthcare provider may want you to exercise the hip to decrease stiffness. He may also have you start physical therapy (PT). A physical therapist teaches you light exercises to help decrease pain and swelling and improve hip movement. Once you are able to move your hip without pain, you will be taught exercises to improve your strength. If you have a severe sprain, you may need to wait 1 to 3 weeks before you exercise your hip.
How to prevent another injury:
Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities. The following can help decrease your risk for sprains:
- Do not exercise when you feel pain or you are tired.
- Eat healthy foods. This can help keep your muscles strong. Ask about the best meal plan for you.
- Exercise daily. Make sure you warm up and stretch before you exercise.
- Wear equipment to protect yourself when you play sports.
- Wear shoes that fit well to decrease your risk for falls.
- Stop exercising and playing sports if your symptoms from a past injury return.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You cannot stand on the leg on your injured side.
- You have new or increased stiffness or trouble moving your injured hip.
- You have new or increased numbness in the leg on your injured side.
- You have increased swelling and pain in your hip.
- The leg on your injured side looks bluish or pale.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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