Story by: Kim Huston on August 20, 2018
Do you have stiffness, soreness or pain in your hip due to arthritis? How can you tell the difference between being a little sore after an activity or if it’s something to talk to your health care provider about?
The answer depends on the pain and how you treat it.
When you have pain, try these steps first:
Take our online hip and knee pain risk assessment to learn about your personal risk factors and changes you can make to reduce them.
If these steps don’t work and you find yourself avoiding things you like or need to do because of the pain, it’s time to talk to your health care provider. If your pain isn’t that bad but it’s always present, you should still see your provider. Staying off your feet for too long can hurt more than it can help.
Your heath provider can perform a physical exam and may order an X-ray to see if the pain source can be found or if your arthritis has worsened. Some causes of hip pain can include hernias, back conditions, knee issues and muscle, tendon or cartilage issues. Your provider can work with you to come up with a treatment plan that’s unique to you. Just because you experience hip pain does not mean you’re ready for a hip replacement.
Ask someone to drive you to an immediate care center or emergency room if an injury caused your pain and:
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