Various measures are recommended for managing the symptoms of hip osteoarthritis, here are 8 simple and effective ways you can manage osteoarthritis symptoms at home.
Hip, a ball, and socket joint, is considered as the largest joint of the body. It is made up of acetabulum, which forms the socket part while the upper end of the femur, also known as the femoral head, forms the ball of the joint. Articular cartilage present over the bony surface provides a cushioning effect that reduces friction and assists free movement. This cartilage degenerates over time causing bones to start rubbing against each other which leads to pain and inflammation.
In response to damaged cartilage, there is a bone growth leading to osteophyte formation. General symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include radiating pain, stiffness, pain during resting or sitting, reduced ability to walk and a significant reduction in quality of life. Various factors such as age, weight, hip injury, genetic diseases, and family history increase the risk of hip osteoarthritis.
Hot and cold compress therapy alleviate the pain in hip osteoarthritis. A review study indicates that hot and cold compress are effective treatment options. While hot compress increases blood circulation and improves muscle stiffness, the cold compress slows blood circulation, reduces edema and alleviates pain.
As soon as the disease is diagnosed, the patient should modify his or her lifestyle to minimize the symptoms. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the patient should minimize those activities that worsen the symptoms and should shift from high-impact activities to low-impact activities.
Weight is one of the significant risk factors for hip osteoarthritis. Increased weight worsens the symptoms. Studies indicate that obese people have reduced hip joint rotation and reduced capacity. Thus, the patient should maintain his weight within the limits.
Apart from the medications prescribed by the doctor, various natural remedies also help in alleviating the symptoms. Green tea has an anti-inflammatory property while turmeric reduces joint stiffness. A study describes the cartilage production activity of green tea. Ginger reduces pain and prolonged intake of ginger reduces the risk of debility due to osteoarthritis
Assisted devices help improve the quality of life and reduce pain and stress on the hip joint. Walking support like crutches or walkers reduces dependency. These support devices also restrict those movements that worsen the symptoms.
Sound sleep helps cope with stress and pain due to hip osteoarthritis. If you feel pain during sleep that creates a problem, you may use pillows to ease the pressure from the painful joint.
Staying active and exercising helps alleviate the painful symptoms of arthritis. Yoga and meditation also help in coping with psychological and mental stress. Studies suggest that mobility can be improved by muscle strengthening exercises and aerobic exercise. Therapeutic exercises are also an effective treatment for hip osteoarthritis.
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