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Hip Pain

Based upon your answers, your hip pain could be due to

  • tendonitis

  • strain

  • sprain, perhaps related to recent activities.

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.

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