Arthritis is a common ailment for many people, especially those aged 40 or over.  Because of this, effective methods for arthritis hip joint pain relief are important.

The meaning of “arthritis” is “inflamed joints”.  Your joints are covered with a protective substance known as cartilage.  Age and injury wear cartilage down; without the cushion, joints become irritated and inflamed.

Since the hips are at the top of your legs, they are affected by any abnormality in your knees, feet, posture and manner of walking.  Many women develop arthritis as a result of pregnancy and delivery, and hip impairments can result from back disorders, such as scoliosis.

For the purposes of this article, when “arthritis” is used, it is referring to degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, as opposed to other types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Some of these methods are similar to other types of joint pain relief, and some are only for arthritis treatment.

Arthritis Hip Joint Pain Relief

Rest

Improve Blood Circulation in the LegsThe hip joint is a major weight-bearing joint, so resting should help with pain.  Sometimes, it can be particularly difficult to rest in a position with your hip above the level of your heart.

If you rest on your side, you put even more pressure on the non-painful hip.  Sometimes, the best you can do with rest is to take the weight off of your painful hip for a while.

Ice

Ice is great at reducing inflammation, and can be combined with rest.  Ice and rest treatment up to four times a day will reduce some of the inflammation.  Apply an ice pack or instant cold pack for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Large Heating Pad

A heating pad large enough to comfortably and securely wrap around painful joints is another option.  The Sunbeam Xpress is constructed specifically to be wrapped around joints.

Heat is soothing, and increases the circulation of blood to and from the painful area.  Some arthritis sufferers prefer to use ice first to reduce any inflammation, then apply soothing heat.

Lose Weight if Needed

Losing weight, if needed, is good for all of your weight-bearing joints.  The less excess weight that they have to carry, the easier it is for them to do their job without pain and inflammation.

Insoles

Insoles are also known as orthotics or inserts.  The fit inside your shoe and help to correctly align your feet, knees and hips.

Some inserts require a few days to get used to, so don’t be discouraged if your feet or legs seem to be more tired at the end of the day.  It will take your body some time to get used to walking and standing in the correct way.

Supplements

Topical analgesics (capsaicin creams, Voltarin ™ gel, or icy-hot creams), Over-the-counter medications, and supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin have all been shown to be effective arthritis hip joint pain relief methods.

Glucosamine-chondroitin supplements actually have the ability to reduce pain and help your body rebuild cartilage.  If you are taking glucosamine-chondroitin supplements for pain relief, stop taking them after six weeks if you haven’t noticed any significant relief.