- 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
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.
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
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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