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Hip Sprain, Ambulatory Care

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.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Trouble standing on the leg on your injured side
  • New or increased stiffness or trouble moving your injured hip
  • New or increased numbness in the leg on your injured side
  • Increased swelling and pain in your hip
  • Bluish or pale skin on the leg on your injured side

Treatment for a hip sprain

may include any of the following:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, 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.
  • Hip exercises help decrease stiffness. Your healthcare provider may want you to start hip exercises after you rest your hip for about 3 days. He may also have you start physical therapy. 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.

Manage 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.

Prevent another hip sprain:

  • Do not exercise when you feel pain or you are tired.
  • 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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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