hip pain and injury treatment

Hip Pain and Injury

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Pain within the hip joint and surrounding groin area can be due to:

  • A sudden fall or injury
  • Gradual damaging of the cartilage in the joint over time
  • Overuse of the muscles and tendons in the hip
  • Arthritis, or joint swelling in cases of long-term hip pain

Regardless of what has caused the hip pain it’s important to treat the area gently to avoid any further damage.

Identifying a Hip Injury – What To Look For

If you or someone else is experiencing hip pain it will usually be due to an inflamed tendon, a fracture to one of the bones in the hip joint, arthritis, or (less commonly) a cartilage tear.

Depending on what has caused the hip injury, common symptoms can include:

  • Discomfort in the thigh, inside or outside of the hip joint, the groin and/or the buttocks
  • A deformed or bleeding hip joint
  • A fall or blunt impact to the hip, following by a popping noise
  • Mild to intense pain
  • Inability to put any weight on, or move, your hip or leg

Although it is helpful to educate yourself on hip injuries, accurate diagnosis by a qualified professional is crucial to the appropriate treatment of your injury.

Treating a Hip Injury – How You Can Help

Elastoplast offers a range of hip injury management products to help you protect and care for you and your family.

As soon as possible after a hip injury occurs or is evident, your first call should be to a qualified physician.

While you are waiting for a physician, be sure to rest the hip in a comfortable and safe position. Applying a cold pack to the affected area for 20 minutes every 2 hours can also help to reduce any swelling. You can take some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkillers to help reduce swelling as well. 

If you aren’t near a computer when an injury occurs, Elastoplast have developed a helpful and easy-to-use mobile app for fast, injury management advice and tips – you can download the app here.

Preventing a Hip Injury – How to Best Prepare Yourself

It is difficult to prevent all hip injuries, especially those caused by accidents, however there are a number of ways you be proactive. Help to prevent elbow injuries from occurring or reoccurring by:

  • Thoroughly stretching, warming up and cooling down before and after exercise
  • Not over-exerting yourself. If you experience pain when playing sport or exercising, stop, cool down and gently stretch
  • Wearing footwear that fits and supports you properly
  • Avoiding running on hard surfaces when possible
  • Practicing regular strengthening exercises
  • Using the correct technique and proper equipment when playing sports
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight to decrease stress on your hip joints
  • Following a good, healthy diet to help maintain strong bone development
Stretching the hip flexor muscles after exercise - watch Elastoplast’s video here for a more detailed demonstration