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What are some ways to relieve hip pain?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your joints young and healthy, but go a little easy until you have consulted your doctor. Meanwhile, here are some ways to naturally ease those achy hips:
  • Lose some weight if you need to. Extra pounds put extra strain on your joints.
  • Muscle up. Strength training (even just 10 minutes every other day or so) builds muscular support for your joints.
  • Get a foot checkup. Flat feet can throw off your gait and hurt your hips. You may need orthotic inserts for your well-fitting, nicely-cushioned, made-for-walking shoes.
  • Take omega-3s before and after walking. They act as anti-inflammatories. Experts recommend 900 mg daily of the DHA form of omega-3s, and prefer supplements made from algae, not fish oil (algae is where fish get their omega-3s).
Don't shy away from ibuprofen or aspirin if you need it occasionally. And try using a heating pad or drugstore heat wrap after walking to keep your muscles from tightening up.

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