As you age normal wear and tear can cause hip problems to emerge, often with no apparent or injury. Most hip issues settle down within 6 weeks.
Facts & Figures:
- Hip problems are more common in women
- Wear and tear is a common cause of hip pain, especially in the over 40’s
When to get advice:
- Your leg is not weight bearing.
- If you have swelling or pain around your testicles.
- Pain that gets worse and worse.
- A lump in your groin regions- this could be a hernia.
- Your pain is not improving after 6 weeks.
Move or rest?
First 24 hours
- Rest your hip but try to avoid long periods of not moving.
- If possible, move your hip for 10/20 seconds while you’re awake.
After 48 hours
- Until you have less discomfort avoid heavy lifting or strenuous sports.
- Lead with your good leg when going upstairs – this may reduce the strain. If you have a handrail use it for support.
- If you are going downstairs, lead with your problem leg to reduce the stain. If you have a handrail, use it for support.
- Try to increase the use of your leg gradually, gentle exercise can really help your hip and relieve the pain.
- Keep up your everyday activities where possible, this is a good way to get better.