Every joint in the body is lubricated by synovial fluid, which works to cushion the joint so that bone and cartilage do not rub together creating friction. When joints are not lubricated well, pain may result. In the hip joint, pain may radiate through the hip and groin into the thigh. Joint pain may be worse in the morning and at the end of the day. A physician can diagnose the cause of hip pain and provide treatment options to reduce pain and lubricate joints.
How to Lubricate Your Hip Joint
Discuss your hip pain with a physician. He will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain to properly treat your symptoms. Poor lubrication in the hip joint may be caused by conditions such as arthritis, trauma or inflammation.
Take a daily multivitamin to ensure that your nutritional needs are being met. Proper nutrition is important for creating and replacing synovial fluid.
Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day to aid in production of synovial fluid. Drinking two quarts of water during the day will keep you from becoming dehydrated.
Eat the amount of protein needed for your body weight. For every 10 pounds of weight, ingest 4 to 5 grams of protein, according to nutritionists at the University of Hawaii. Protein is necessary since synovial fluid is composed with amino acids found in proteins.
Take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or eat more foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts and canola oil. Foods and supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids support the regeneration of synovial fluid to better lubricate the hip joint.
Discuss anti-inflammatory medication and corticosteroid treatment with your physician. Anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids can reduce inflammation in the hip joint to provide pain relief. Injections of synthetic hyaluronic acid into the joint is another treatment your physician can administer to lubricate the hip joint.
Discuss any potential changes to your diet or new supplements with your physician to ensure they do not impact other medication you may be taking.