3 Ways to Combat Osteoarthritis Pain
By Stephen R. Farris
As we grow older, those aches and pains felt can become lingering. I bet it's at this point we all wish to be younger again, but, it's something we just have to deal with and hopefully find relief, especially if the pain persists in the hip area.
We use our hips to rotate our mid-section, or move our upper body from one side to the other, as well as a few other movements. It's helpful if we keep our core area as strong as possible and that includes the hips as well.
But sometimes -- especially in older folks -- the chances of developing hip problems can occur, and often could end up leaving us with hip arthritis (or more commonly referred to as hip osteoarthritis, OA for short).
Luckily, there are treatment options available if you experience hip pain, or OA.
Manage Your Weight
Managing your weight is one of the best ways to help alleviate hip pain, as it reduces the strain on your joints. Plus, dropping some extra pounds offers additional health benefits by lowering your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Certain medications can provide temporary relief from hip pain. Usually ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen, are all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs available over-the-counter that help relieve pain. But if you're looking for more natural ways in seeking pain relief, there are plenty of herbs and raw foods available that are high in antioxidants and contain natural compounds to combat inflammation. Changing up your diet can have more of a long-term effect versus the temporary ones OTC meds give you.
Depending on the severity of your hip pain, you might try some low-impact exercises such as cycling, walking, yoga or tai chi, light-weight training, swimming or water aerobics. Always check with your local chiropractor or primary physician before starting any exercise program, especially if it's been a while since you were active.
The important thing is to keep moving as much as possible.
If you have questions about OA or your overall health, check out the trained professional chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They can consult with you about your condition and answer any questions you may have, plus they can set up treatment options and let you know how long you'll need them. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are always welcome at any one of their over 500 nationwide locations.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.