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arthritic hip joint

Ever had sore hip joints?

Sometimes, you dress neatly to attend a great party only to realize that your hips ache persistently, which makes walking a problem. Such a condition may cause you to abort your partying plans and just choose to relax indoors instead, since sore hip joints may make it hard for you to enjoy the party, especially one that could require you to dance.

It can really worry you when your hip joints start aching yet you have no slightest idea of the cause of this pain.

Rowland from Springfield, Illinois likes and plays baseball. The sport requires him to perform different exercises almost daily that call for repetitive motion of his legs.

Recently, he started feeling soreness in his hip joints and did not know the exact cause. He claimed that the affected part is inflamed and very painful together with other hip pain symptoms.

A break from playing baseball and other related exercises has not provided any relief so far. He just called when I was trying to create this blog post and since he required a quick solution, I advised him to combine the application of heat and ice packs with the use of anti-inflammatory medication.

Other pain relief methods I adviced him to check out includes trying out physical therapy and if persists, he could visit the doctor.

If you have a similar condition, here is an opportunity for you to learn what causes sore hips and how to cure the aches.

A joint is the meeting point for two bones in your body. Joints also consist of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and the fluid filled sacs (bursae). Functioning together, these structures let your body to move or bend without any pain.

Sometimes, joint diseases can attack some of the structures that form your joint and this may lead to pain and soreness within your joint.

Causes of Sore Hip Joints

Diseases that may cause pain in your hip points are:

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Image showing a sore hip joint caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This severe autoimmune ailment causes stiffness, pain, and soreness within the joints. While medical experts are yet to establish the major cause of rheumatoid arthritis, most studies show that it has a genetic aspect.

Rheumatoid arthritis often takes place symmetrically, meaning that it can affect the joints found on both of your hips. Aside from pain and soreness in your joints, the other symptoms you may experience because of rheumatoid arthritis are fever, fatigue, hard lumps under your skin (nodules) and an overall feeling of illness.

To eliminate the achy hips, you will need to combine physical therapy and other forms medications like those that treat inflammations and pain.    

Hip Bursitis

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Image showing a sore hip joint caused by Hip Bursitis

Bursae is the term given to fluid-filled sacs close to your joints, which act as cushion against soreness and pain whenever you move from one point to another. So, bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, which results in pain, stiffness and soreness in your hip joints.

Bursitis has two major causes: repetitive motions or staying at one point for a long time like the case of those who sit down for many hours without standing, walking or stretching.

In addition to soreness in your hip joints, the other symptoms that will accompany bursitis include redness and inflammation in the affected region.

To treat bursitis, you should immobilize the affected part, apply ice packs to your hips and take pain relievers.

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Image showing a sore joint caused by Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that is characterized by a breakdown of the cartilage – a tissue within the hip joints, which covers the ends of your bones and ensures they do not rub together.

A breakdown in the cartilage allows bones to rub against each other. This causes soreness and pain in the hip joints. The other symptoms are bone spurs, loss of joint movement, and a disfigurement of the hip joints.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you will feel the pain in your hips, knees, spine and hands. Research is still ongoing to find out the real cause of osteoarthritis.

However, some of the factors that contribute to it are old age, overweight, previous joint injury, repeated stress on your joints, and genetic defects.

To treat osteoarthritis and hence relieve hip joint pain, you should engage in exercise, use appropriate medications and carry out physical therapy.

How to Eliminate Sore Hip joint pains

Irrespective of the cause, you can erase pain in your hip joints by using any of these options or even a combination of them:

Daily exercises

Lying on your back, bend your knees and let your feet rest flat on the ground ahead of you. Gradually raise your buttocks off the ground by pushing with the hips and with the help of your abdominal muscles.

With your body, try to draw a straight line without trying to overextend your back.

Try to hold this position in 10 seconds and repeat. Performing this exercise in the morning will help to ease your sore hips throughout the day.

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Using body ice to relieve sore hip joint pain

Use of Heat and Ice

Put an ice pack on your aching hip joint to decrease the inflammation. Let the ice remain on the affected part for 5 to 10 minutes and repeat it twice daily.

Aside from using ice, you may also apply heat to the painful hip joint to increase the circulation. To achieve this, you can put a hot pad near your hip joint or take a hot shower.

Use of heat is suitable, especially if the hip pain stems from arthritis.  

Losing weight

If you are overweight, your body exerts more pressure on your hips thus causing pains in the hip joints.

Weight loss is among the ways you can use to reduce the hip pain because it helps in removing part of the weight, which stresses your joints and the cartilage.

If you have sore hip joints, you should use anti-pain and anti-inflammatory medication, use ice and heat, use physical therapy and consider losing weight, especially if you have more weight.

Besides, you should wear comfortable and fitting shoes.

Another bonus tip is

Using Peanut Oil on Your Sore Hip Joint Video

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