Pain in my Hip

Question

I have a pain in my left hip and take 75 SR Voltaren for it, one tablet a day just holds me. Should I rest the joint more or is more activity better. I used to have RA but are in remission right now. The pain in my hip joint occured after some heavy lifting earlier this year.

Answer

There are several issues. The first is whether the pain is coming from your true hip joint or is related to your back or soft tissues such as a trochanteric bursa. The second is whether there contnues to be active inflammation in the hip. Lastly, is there degeneration of the joint. In general, non-weight bearing or low impact exercise is good for joints to maintain muscle tone and range of motion. As always, common sense should prevail.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University