Hip Arthritis Pain ReliefThe hip joint is a ball and socket hip joint. There is normally cartilage between the ball of the head of the femur and the socket in the pelvis.

When there is wear and tear on this joint, the cartilage becomes damaged and there is the development of arthritis in the joint.

Hip arthritis can be from osteoarthritis (wear and tear on the joint), rheumatoid arthritis (from autoantibodies against joint tissue), or other types of arthritis.

If you suffer from hip arthritis, there can be several things you can do to ease the pain of this type of arthritis.  Hip arthritis pain relief can be achieved by following some of these tips:

Hip Arthritis Pain Relief 4 Ways to Ease the Pain

1. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDs can decrease the pain of all types of arthritis of the hip.  Some of these NSAID medications include ibuprofen (which is marketed as Advil and Motrin), naproxen sodium (which is marketed as Aleve and Naprosyn), and aspirin.

All of these medications can address the pain of arthritis as well as the inflammation associated with the condition.  If over the counter medications are unsuccessful in controlling the pain, the doctor may be able to prescribe prescription strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain.

Always take these types of medications with food as they can irritate the stomach, resulting in abdominal pain and possible peptic ulcer disease.

Always consult your doctor before taking any kind of medication.

2. Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol.  It can be purchased over the counter and is a good medication for all types of pain, including the pain of hip arthritis.

Acetaminophen is not an NSAID medication so it won’t ease the inflammation but instead is directly associated with pain relief.  It can be taken along with NSAID medications as they don’t mix badly with one another.

If you are taking acetaminophen alone, you can take it on an empty stomach as it doesn’t irritate the stomach.

3. Ice Application

You can put ice on the groin area or on the outer aspect of the hip in order to reduce inflammation and ease the pain.

You can buy a regular ice pack at the drug store or pharmacy, or you can use a package of frozen vegetables or a bag of ice to apply to the affected painful area.

Always put a cloth or covering between the ice pack and your skin so you don’t freeze the skin.

4. Heat Application

You can use a heating pad to decrease the pain of hip arthritis.  Heat can be applied using a regular electric heating pad you buy at the store or online. If you use this type of heating pad, set the heat to low and place a covering or cloth between the skin and the heating pad so you don’t burn the skin.

You can also use a far infrared ray heating pad or FIR heating pad.  This uses far infrared ray heat to get deeper into the tissues.  FIR heating pads are more expensive than regular heating pads but they tend to work better and are worth the investment if you regularly use heat to ease the pain of hip arthritis.