How Do I Relieve a Jammed Hip Joint?

By Erica Porter

Age, illness and injury are all sources of irritation surrounding the joint of your hip. If the irritation reaches extreme levels, the joint will become inflamed and very painful. It will feel as though the actual joint is jammed or locked up. You will be able to move your hip, but stiffly and with immense pain. There are a few things you can do to relieve this feeling almost instantly.

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Age, illness and injury are all sources of irritation surrounding the joint of your hip. If the irritation reaches extreme levels, the joint will become inflamed and very painful. It will feel as though the actual joint is jammed or locked up. You will be able to move your hip, but stiffly and with immense pain. There are a few things you can do to relieve this feeling almost instantly.

Stop performing the action that caused the hip to jam in the first place. This may be vigorous walking, stretching exercises or even climbing stairs.

Fill a disposable coffee cup with water and freeze it. The cup should be filled to the very top edge.

Cut off a section of the cup from around the opening. This should make the top edge of the ice inside visible.

Hold the cup upside down so the ice is facing down and place it straight onto your hip.

Move the ice cup around your hip over the painful areas, applying light pressure. Do this for five minutes and stop. If you wish, repeat once your hip has warmed up again.

Lie on the hip that isn’t jammed when you are going to sleep and lean forward slightly so you don’t have pressure on your hips. You can use a pillow between your legs and under your stomach to help support your body in a comfortable position.

Tip

Performing hip strengthening exercises can help you prevent hip jamming in the future.

Warning

Call an ambulance if you are totally unable to move your hip, whether you have considerable pain or not.

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About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Erica Porter has been writing fashion related articles since 2001. Her work has appeared on the Breakthrough and eHow websites. Porter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester.

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