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Treating Hip Osteoporosis

What can I do to treat the osteoporosis in my hip?

Weak hip bones from osteoporosis can cause chronic hip pain symptoms for patients. Osteoporosis in the hip leads to loss of bone density so any weight or pressure on the hip is painful. Limping and chronic hip pain are the two most common symptoms of hip osteoporosis. At-home treatments can help with osteoporosis pain, but these treatments may not reverse the osteoporosis condition. In this case, it may be too late to practice prevention tips after a hip osteoporosis diagnosis. However, Houston Physicians’ Hospital recommends the following treatments that patients can use at home for hip osteoporosis:

  • Eating a diet full of vitamins and minerals to keep osteoporosis from worsening
  • Light exercise that stretches and builds the muscles around the hip
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relief medicine to treat symptoms
  • Walking with crutches or a cane to free the hip of extra weight

At-home treatments for hip osteoporosis cannot fully heal the hip bones or increase bone density. Home remedies may help with chronic hip pain and prevent the condition from evolving. Further treatment from a medical professional, such as the physicians at Houston Physicians’ Hospital, is necessary for chronic osteoporosis in the hip.

What if I need further treatment for my hip osteoporosis?

At first, osteoporosis hip pain may need management from home. Once a patient begins experiencing several hip fractures or hip dislocations, the condition needs a bit more focus and medical attention. Reoccurring hip fractures or dislocations are often a symptom of osteoporosis in the hip. Houston Physicians’ Hospital may try to treat the hip fracture and dislocation before discovering the hip osteoporosis condition.

Houston Physicians’ Hospital patients with chronic hip osteoporosis may need a total hip replacement. Damage from repetitive bone fractures and joint dislocations has a toll on the body and the patient’s pain tolerance. A total hip replacement may be the last option, but the results can be life changing. Strength and structure from a total hip replacement can help our patient return to their normal activities and sometimes more.

Do I have to have surgery for hip osteoporosis?

Total hip replacement surgery is a recommendation for Houston Physicians’ Hospital patients when hip osteoporosis is interfering with their lifestyle. Surgery can help and so can other forms of nonsurgical osteoporosis treatment. Your Houston Physicians’ Hospital hip specialist may suggest a series of X-rays and other imaging test to examine the hip bones. If the femur and pelvis show little signs bones loss, our physical therapists can advise the patient on several exercise routines.

Our physical therapy for hip osteoporosis patients involves therapeutic exercises for the hip muscles. Patients will be able to build strength and flexibility through hip osteoporosis rehabilitation. Any muscles surrounding the hip bones help support the joint. So, when the femur and pelvis have more cushion and muscles mass to rest on, this relieves the hip bones of extra stress. Until the patient regains their strength, some form of walking aid will be helpful during treatment. Also, your Houston Physicians’ Hospital specialist can work with you to find a calcium-rich diet that works for your condition.