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Hear from the experts about what to do about a dull pain in the hip

dull pain in hip

Pain in your hips makes it hard for you to enjoy anything that involves you being on your feet. It can even persist while sitting down or sleeping, making your daily life more miserable in general. When you have a persistent dull pain in your hips, it’s important to seek treatment. Here is what the experts have to say about what you can do about a dull pain in the hip:

What to do about a dull pain in the hip

Physical therapists recommend everyone follows these steps to help manage and prevent dull pain in the hip:

  • Get moving — A sedentary lifestyle (sitting around all day) can cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments around your hips to grow stiff and weak. Stiff and weak muscles provide inadequate support for your body and can cause an increase of strain and pressure on your hip joints.
    You can help prevent weakness and tension in your hips by moving around more often. Try a gentle exercise routine like going for a walk around the neighborhood on a regular basis.
  • Improve your diet — A poor diet can cause you to gain weight, which adds pressure to the hips. It also fails to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs for all its functions. Improving your diet can help you lose weight to reduce pressure off the hips, and it can help you get your hips the nutrients they need.
  • Drink water — Your joints use water as a base for lubricating the cartilage between your bones. When you don’t drink enough water, there may be more friction between your bones, which causes pain and other problems.
  • Quit smoking — Smoking affects your blood pressure, reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and introduces toxins into your system. All of this can contribute to a dull pain in your hips along with many other health issues.
  • Visit a physical therapist — Physical therapists specialize in therapeutic exercises, stretches, hands-on methods and more for helping people manage pain. If you’re still suffering from a dull pain in your hips despite following the methods above, you may need to see a physical therapist for a personalized treatment.

Common causes of dull pain in the hip

A dull pain in the hip can occur for several reasons, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains
  • Dislocation
  • Hip labral tear
  • Sciatica (technically a back condition, but it’s felt in the hip)

Regardless of the cause, if you’re suffering from a dull pain in the hip, you should talk to your doctor or physical therapist about your treatment options. 

Talk to Peak Performance Sports and Physical Therapy about treating dull pain in your hip

Is a dull pain in your hips keeping you from enjoying life and forcing you to rely heavily on pain medication? Our team at Peak Performance can help you on your recovery journey and assist you in preventing future hip pain. Contact our team today for more information about treating dull pain in the hip or to schedule an initial appointment.