Lifestyle, Exercise, Diet Contribute to Hip Pain Alleviation

The treatment for hip pain may vary, depending on the condition of each individual patient. In extreme cases, doctors prescribe hip replacement surgeries. Hip surgery is known to one of the most risky alternatives. Defective hip devices, similar to those  manufactured by DePuy Orthoapedics Inc., have been reported to be affecting a number of patients. Nevertheless, DePuy continues marketing the rejected hip device overseas.

Hip replacement surgery is not the only solution for hip pain relief. Proper lifestyle, regular exercise and healthy diet may also help ease the pain, medical experts say.

“Any processed food, from prepackaged meals that come in a box or a bag to many snack items, should be avoided to reduce inflammation,”says Sandra Meyerowitz, a nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Works in Louisville, Kentucky. Her advisory is deemed readily applicable, especially if the food labels list saturated fats, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils.

“It’s important to get seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day as part of a healthy diet. If somebody were to change their behaviors and do that, they’d be taking out some of the other foods that might not be good forthem,” Meyerowitz says.

Several studies also advised men and women to eat foods that contain calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K, including milk, dried figs, cheese cod liver oil, broccoli, romaine lettuce, spinach and other green, leafy vegetables.

Moreover, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids may help minimize inflammation and also help you maintain a healthy weight, both essential factors for relieving hip pain. It has also been known that increasing nutrients that support strong bones lessens risk of fracture.

Consuming a healthy mix of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and fats high in omega 3 fatty acids can help maintain healthy joints and joint supporting structures, Meyerowitz adds.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are famously known to promote cardiac health, may also reduce hip problems. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in:

  • Plant and nut oils like olive, canola, and flaxseed oils
  • Leafy green vegetable like broccoli and lettuce
  • Walnuts and pecans
  • Flaxseeds
  • Fatty fish, like salmon, herring, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, and tuna
  • Cold-water

Certainly, proper lifestyle and safe medication or treatment may result in a successful relief of hip problems. Living a healthy lifestyle alone may clear the way for hip replacement surgery, which has been linked to safety issues. DePuy hip recall has been implemented by manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics because of flawed hip devices.