How to Relieve a Jammed Hip Joint

Written by michelle zehr
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How to Relieve a Jammed Hip Joint
Crutches can help reduce pain in your jammed hip joint. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hip pain is a common ailment. Hip pain can occur at any age in individuals of all different activity levels. When a hip joint jams, it may also be know as a snapping or locking hip joint. This can occur as the result of overuse, injury or normal wear and tear to a hip joint. A jammed hip can be painful and make walking and physical activity difficult. Fortunately, there are ways to relieve the pain of a jammed hip joint.

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Things you need

  • Ice
  • Crutches
  • Pillows
  • Over-the-counter medication

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    Take a break from the activity that caused your hip joint to jam. Avoid running, sports, aerobics or any other form of activity that causes you pain. Discontinue activity until you are pain free.

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    Use the RICE method. The RICE method is a common home treatment method for injuries -- including hip injuries. "R" is for rest. Rest your hip. Stay off of your hip as much as possible. If you need to, use crutches to avoid applying wait to your affected hip. The "I" indicates ice. Ice your hip. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, three times per day. "C" is for compression. Apply compression to your hip. A light, elastic bandage can help reduce any swelling. The "E" indicates elevate. Elevate your hip. Place a few pillows under your leg. This can help reduce hip swelling.

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    Taken an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and inflammation of your hip joint.

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    Visit with an orthopaedic doctor. If home treatment fails, allow a doctor to examine your hip. A doctor may prescribe physiotherapy or use cortisone injections to relieve the pain in your hip. In rare cases, surgery may be performed. Follow the instructions of your doctor carefully so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy the most.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to eliminate repetitive hip motions while recovering from a jammed hip. Avoid running, cycling or using your legs during swimming. Allow your hip to rest.

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