The usual cause for hip pain among the elderly is osteoarthritis. The pain is typically triggered by the deterioration of the joint cartilage surfaces which produces bare areas of underlying bone that directly rub against one another which causes mild to intense pain. Various treatment measures are available to remedy the hip pain among the elderly that range from conservative measures to surgery.
Oral anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not contain steroids but are effective in reducing the pain due to the swelling and inflammation. Most of these medications require a prescription but there are several over-the-counter variants that are obtainable in lower dosages and strengths.
In most cases, these medications focus on a chemical chain of events that surround the formation of pain and inflammation in the body and tissues to block certain aspects of the cycle.
In some cases, steroid injections are utilized to manage pain as it progresses from mild to moderate and severe. The administration of the steroid directly into the joint can provide a concentrated and localized effect with the main objective of pain relief. Depending on the severity of the hip pain as well as the degree of pathology involved, steroid injections can provide relief for up to weeks or even months.
Aquatic therapy is simply physical therapy that is performed in water. When it comes to aquatic therapy, it can provide a number of benefits. The therapeutic pools usually have higher water temperatures which help with comfort and relaxation. It is important to note that the pressure of the water against the body has also a number of benefits such as reducing the swelling and promoting increased flow of blood to the affected areas.
If the water is at least 4 feet deep, the body only weighs 50% less than when on land. This is vital in eliminating the gravity factor or drastically reducing its effect so that the body can move efficiently and with lesser pain.
Once the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis are severe enough in which injections, medications or therapy are not effective in providing relief, the doctor might recommend surgery. The joint replacement surgery is considered highly beneficial for the elderly who suffer from severe, chronic, debilitating hip pain.