The human hip joint is designed to withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. It is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body that fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. Pain in the hip joint can arrest the movement of the whole body and needs to be treated with caution to avoid any further damage. Herbal treatment in Dubai can lead to getting the right Ayurvedic treatment for hip pain.
Causes of Hip Pain
Inflamed tendons: This is the most common cause and occurs due to overexertion and usually heals within a few days.
Arthritis: Long term pain causing pain, stiffness and tender joints, and difficulty walking. There are various types of arthritis related to hip pain like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & infectious arthritis.
Trochanteric bursitis: It is a condition that occurs when the bursa(a liquid-filled sac near the hip joint) becomes inflamed and affects the outer area of the hip or the outside part of the upper leg.
Hip fractures: Common in older adults, especially those who have osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones due to many factors including age.
Snapping hip syndrome: Seen usually in dancers or athletes and is characterized by a snapping sound or jerking feel in the hip. It is usually a sign of fragments of material or cartilage tear in the hip.
Osteonecrosis: Also called avascular necrosis occurs when blood supply to the bones is cutoff either temporarily or permanently. Although a rare condition, it could lead to the loss of the supporting bone.
Types of Hip Pain
Osteoarthritis: It is caused by degeneration of cartilage in the joint which causes the cartilage to become brittle and split. In unfortunate cases, pieces of the cartilage break off in the hip joint. It will fail to cushion the hip bones, once the cartilage wears down enough, causing severe pain and inflammation.
Developmental dysplasia: A condition that causes dislocated hip or a hip that may easily dislocate in newborn babies. The main cause of developmental dysplasia is a shallow hip socket that allows the ball to easily slip in and out.
Perthes disease: A disease that results from reduced blood supply to bone cells in children between the ages of 3 and 11. This causes the bones to lose strength and some of the bone cells in the femur may even die.
Irritable hip syndrome: Common in children after an upper respiratory infection that results in limping. It resolves by itself in most cases.
Soft tissue pain and referred pain: A defect affecting the soft tissues outside of the hip or due to an injury.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: A separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone which is only seen in growing children. A common, effective treatment is surgically stabilizing the joint with pins.
Home Remedies for Hip Pain
Rest: Many times joint pains including hip pain are cured with proper and uninterrupted rest. Avoiding quick movements and reducing the pace for a week or so can help the body slowly heal itself back to normal.
Ice: In order to reduce inflammation, applying an ice pack for some time can help. To avoid irritating your skin, wrapping a towel around your hip before applying the ice pack is recommended. In most cases, applying ice packs at regular intervals can do the trick.
Compression: wrapping a thick Ace bandage around the pelvis and hip can help to expedite the healing process
Elevation: Keeping an inflamed joint elevated is always recommended. In the case of hips, it is easier said than done. However, if done correctly, it can also aid natural healing.
An Ayurvedic Approach to Hip Pain
Systematic relaxation: Ayurveda aims at relaxing the body, mind and soul. Practising yoga has many benefits. Spending 10 minutes to do a systematic relaxation in Shavasana can relieve tension, reduce muscle spasms, and calm the mind naturally.
Massage: Regular oil massage(Snehana), is highly revered as an effective form of therapy for all sorts of ailments in the ayurvedic tradition. Massage helps reduce pain because it allays joint and muscle stiffness, tames Vata, mobilizes toxins, increases circulation, and relaxes the body. Therapeutic massage has to be done once a week to gain the desired benefits. The therapies like Nhavarakkizhi (massage with a bolus of rice boiled in medicated milk), Tailadhara (pouring of medicated oils), and Ksheera Vasthi are among the most versatile therapies for preventing bone degeneration and helps in strengthening the joints.
Diet: Vata-pacifying diet of mildly spiced, warm, moist, nourishing foods for a month will make a huge difference. The salty, sweet, and sour rich foods are to be controlled and the only natural, healthy sources of sweets need to be consumed. Overeating is not good as it aggravates Vata.
Gentle Asana: Unless there are regular physical activities, toxins may accumulate due to stagnation and congestion in the body. Contracting and relaxing the muscles gently will relieve the stagnation by mobilizing blood, lymph, and synovial fluid. At least 15 minutes of stretching every day will be highly beneficial.
Aromatherapy: Scented essence can help to relax as well as increase blood flow. Also, it has painkilling effects.
Herbs: Ginger and turmeric are known to help reduce inflammatory pain. Valerian, skullcap, kava kava, chamomile, passionflower, hops, and Jatamansi (the “Indian valerian”) can help combat tension-related pain. Ayurvedic medicine in Dubai includes medicated herbs to treat various ailments.
Hip pain Ayurvedic Treatment is highly sought after in UAE. Dr Jasnas Ayurvedic Clinic is a leading practitioner in various Ayurvedic treatments including hip pain.