How to Relieve Pain From a Dislocated Hip
- 1). Ask your doctor about available medications to ease pain. He or she can prescribe painkillers or a muscle relaxant. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are also used to treat the inflammation. Your doctor might recommend using over-the-counter NSAIDS, such as Motrin or Aleve, or suggest prescription-strength ones. Do not take more medication than prescribed, and be sure to follow any other instructions regarding proper use exactly.
- 2). Follow your doctor's instructions regarding rest and movement. His or her recommendations for restricting movement or staying off your feet depend on the severity of your injury. Failure to adhere to your doctor's suggestions could result in increased pain and delayed healing.
- 3). Take part in a rehabilitation program. Your doctor will let you know when you are able to start working with a therapist. He or she can show you exercises that will enhance your strength, flexibility and range of motion. This will ease your pain. Rehabilitation programs usually require you to perform exercises at home also. Make sure you do them to optimize healing. Let your therapist know if you are in pain. Hot and cold applications, electrical stimulation and ultrasound, among other things, also may help. Your doctor or physical therapist can determine the most appropriate means of pain relief for your type of injury.