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How to Relieve Pain Waiting for Hip Replacement

Updated March 23, 2017

If you are preparing for hip replacement surgery, chances are it's due to severe hip damage. You are also likely experiencing severe pain and reduced mobility. Hip replacement surgery will help to remove damaged cartilage and bone and replace it with a new hip joint. This should relieve pain and improve mobility after surgery, but there are ways to help relieve pain while waiting for hip replacement.

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  1. Take anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief. Medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are available over the counter and can help alleviate swelling and reduce pain. You can also try acetaminophen for pain relief.

  2. Stay off your feet. In order to reduce the hip pain, you must get plenty of rest and reduce unnecessary movements. Getting plenty of rest will help to ensure that the hip doesn't swell due to increased load and stress. This will help to alleviate the hip pain while waiting for a hip replacement.

  3. Apply ice to the hip. Using an ice pack will reduce swelling and inflammation in the hip area. Ice also has the benefit of helping to numb the area, offering some immediate pain relief. Make sure to ice for 20 minutes at a time and keep something between your skin and the ice to prevent irritation.

  4. Continue any exercise or physiotherapy. Exercise helps to increase mobility and will ease the transition during recovery as well. Increasing mobility and joint range is helpful in reducing pain and increasing quality of life. Make sure to approve any change in exercise program with your physician beforehand.

  5. Contact your physician. If pain becomes severe or new complications arise prior to hip replacement surgery, speak to your physician. She may be able to help relieve pain with prescription pain relievers or suggest alternative therapies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice
  • Doctor appointment

About the Author

Nicole Long is a freelance writer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. With experience in management and customer service, business is a primary focus of her writing. Long also has education and experience in the fields of sports medicine, first aid and coaching. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

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