Home Cures For Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritis is caused when the cartilage lining in the hip joint wears down or wears away. Bone spurs can build up around the edges of the joint, causing the hip capsule to swell. Hip arthritis is painful, and needs a doctor’s attention. But there are things the arthritis sufferer can do at home to relieve the pain.

Topical Pain Relief

Gels and creams with active ingredients such as wintergreen, menthol, eucalyptus, or spruce are a good method for managing hip arthritis pain at home, because they are readily accessible, inexpensive, and work within minutes.

Topical analgesics have ingredients that relieve pain topically in the same way that aspirin relieves pain systemically. They usually provide immediate relief, and are safer on your stomach.

Counter-irritants are also recommended. These creams that make skin feel either hot or cold. Examples of this type of medication are Tiger Balm, Biofreeze and Ben Gay.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Acetaminophen, aspirin and NSAIDs such as Advil provide temporary relief of arthritis pain. They take effect about 1/2 hour after ingestion, and can offer the arthritis suffer relief for four to six hours.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be done at home to relieve arthritis pain. These methods are simple to do, but do require an appointment with a physical therapist who is qualified to teach the methods. Once taught, the exercises should be done regularly to provide strength and, in the long term, relief from hip arthritis. See Resources for exercise videos on range-of-motion exercises you can do at home.

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Some arthritis sufferers have found relief from ingesting 10 grams of gelatin per day. Knox Gelatine makes a product called NutraJoint, which is sold in health food stores and some supermarkets.

Diet and Lifestyle

Years of anecdotal evidence suggests that a diet free of sugar can reduce the pain of inflammation with hip arthritis. Increasing Vitamin C intake is also recommended. Regular, gentle exercise such as swimming can also help osteoarthritis hip arthritis sufferers.

Sulfur Baths

A traditional remedy with some scientific evidence to back it up is to soak in a sulfur-rich mineral bath. Epsom salts are a sulfate, and can be added to bath water. Also foods rich in sulfur include garlic, eggs and red meats.