Thousands of people undergo hip replacement surgery every year in India, and the primary indication happens to be chronic hip pain. Commonly seen in elderlies, the problem also affects younger people, and even kids, however, experts specialising in hip replacement suggest that the underlying cause may be varied. For instance, it could be due to a degenerative joint condition such as arthritis, a severe hip injury sustained in an accident or an existing medical condition like bursitis.
Chronic hip pain can be debilitating as it can hold you back from indulging in normal day-to-day activities. You have to think twice before doing anything and even then, you can’t be sure of how it is going to impact your problem. It is often accompanied by other symptoms like inflammation, swelling, limited range of motion and decreased mobility, which further makes it challenging.
It is important to understand that the severity of pain varies from one person to another and primarily depends on the extent of damage to the hip. There are a few other things that can add to the intensity of your hip pain and make it worse. Luckily some of these can be taken care of with simple lifestyle modifications.
Here are some common habits that can contribute to worsening your hip pain, as listed by the leading orthopedic surgeon in Gurugram:
Wrong footwear - While buying footwear, people often go for style, design or even colour, but the thing that needs to be considered the most is often overlooked, i.e. comfort. Heels, sandals, pumps and boots do not usually have proper cushioning and can be extremely uncomfortable. Wrong shoe size further adds to the problem, leading to hip pain and instability.
What you need to do - When you are buying shoes, especially the ones that you are going to use on a regular basis, try it on first and move around to check the comfort level and fitting. You can use a memory foam insole for added comfort. These are easily available in the market and online. If you are finding it difficult to get the right pair on your own, take help from a specialist.
Going hard at the gym - There’s nothing wrong with going to the gym but there are many things that could be wrong with how you work out. Many people overlook the basic rules and jump-start with heavy lifting and other rigorous exercises. Another common problem is ego lifting. People often push themselves to lift more than they can and end up hurting their backs and hips.
What you need to do - Before you start with the exercises, it is important to make sure that your body is ready. For this, you’ll need a good warm-up and some stretching. Instead of adding more weight to the bar, increase the reps. Make sure you are following the right posture and technique. Ask your coach to guide you if you are not sure about it.
Sedentary lifestyle - Sitting is a major culprit when it comes to chronic hip pain and this isn’t something surprising. As per the expert specialising in joint replacement surgery in Gurugram, sitting for a long time at a stretch on a daily basis will not only lead to the degeneration of muscles in our hips but also in our back and neck, thereby resulting in severe pain and discomfort. It has been seen that people who sit cross-legged are more likely to have hip pain as compared to those who sit on a chair or couch.
What you need to do - If you don’t have a chair in your workspace or a couch in your living area, try to get one, and make sure that they are ergonomic. Avoid sitting on the floor or bed and take a stroll every now and then.
If you wish to know more about hip pain and its management, consult the experts from the best orthopaedic hospital in Gurugram today.
Dr. Rohit Lamba,
HOD & Senior Consultant,
Bone, Joint Replacement and Orthopaedics