Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, your hip pain could be due to
It may improve on its own in a short amount of time.
To decrease pain, rest the hip and avoid those activities that may have triggered the pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, topical treatments (such as IcyHot or BenGay), or the application of ice may also provide some relief.
For some, a stretching and exercise program, ultrasound treatment, electrical stimulation, or alternative approaches (e.g., massage and chiropractic care) helps with hip pain.
Here are some other ideas:
Rest. For example, if jogging an extra mile or two preceded your hip pain, avoid jogging (or reduce distance and intensity) until the pain has gotten better or gone away.
Stretch often. For example, when you do activities that require a great deal of hip motion (such as biking or jogging) stretch your hip through its range of motion.
Use a heating pad on the sore area. Be careful not to burn your skin. If pain persists, use a cool compress.
Consult a physical therapist or other practitioner. For some individuals, a stretching and exercise program, ultrasound treatment, electrical stimulation, or alternative approaches (e.g., massage and chiropractic care) may help.
Combine methods. Use a combination of the options above.
If needed, your health care provider may recommend stronger, prescription strength medications.