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.
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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 Elastoplast Hot/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.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.

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.

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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
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Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms
(e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).

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Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us here.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.