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Muscle and Joint

Joint pain can affect just one joint or many, and can be caused by arthritis, injury, overuse, or bursitis (an inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts like a grease to reduce friction), and many different illnesses and conditions. Most commonly, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hips, spine and hands.

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Causes Of Hip Pain

Hips are specifically designed to be rotated and let you walk freely, but even with such a versatile part of the body, pain can still occur.

When people experience hip pain, there is a simple reason such as overdoing an exercise. This discomfort is usually caused by strained or inflamed soft tissues such as tendons. In most cases the pain clears up within a few days. When it comes to long-term hip pain it can be caused by a number of specific conditions, with one of the most common being osteoarthritis.

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The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from person to person, but if it affects the hip it will typically cause:

  • mild inflammation of the tissues in and around the hip joint 
  • damage to cartilage or bony growths called osteophytes that develop around the edge of the hip joint
  • pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities

Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are different treatments available and surgery is often not necessary.

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If you or someone you’re caring for has hip pain, if possible try not to rest too much; the hip can start to become increasingly uncomfortable after too much rest. Simple exercises can help to:

  • restore your range of movement 
  • promote strength 
  • ease stiffness and get your hip back to normal.

Start by exercising very gently and build up gradually. When the pain is gone and you’re feeling better, it’s important you continue to exercise on a regular basis – otherwise the improvements you’ve made will disappear within a few weeks.

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Let your baby play with their toothbrush while they watch you brush your teeth. (It takes years for them to learn how to brush).

Start using a pea-sized amount of low fluoride children’s toothpaste only when they have learnt to spit things out from their mouth.

Limit amount of sugary foods in the diet.

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Exercise may not be suitable for all types of hip pain. It’s a good idea to seek advice from a doctor or physiotherapist before embarking on a fitness programme.

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