Is your elderly loved one dealing with moderate to severe hip pain? If so, they may be having a tough time getting around each day. It may even be difficult for them to do required tasks such as bathing. Many senior citizens who deal with daily hip pain get depressed because they are hurting and can’t do as much as they would like. However, if your elderly loved one is dealing with hip pain, there are some great tips that may help to relieve that pain.
Does your elderly loved one try to do a lot, even when they are in pain? Are they constantly getting up and down because they think that household chores need to be done? If so, your elderly loved one might need to rest. Resting can help to give their body the break it needs. It can also help to heal the body. Talk to your elderly loved one. Let them know that you or companion care at home providers can help out, so they can rest.
If your elderly loved one is struggling with hip pain, taking anti-inflammatory medications might be a good idea. There are also over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol or Aleve that might be helpful. Your elderly loved one may need to see a doctor about their pain if it is too severe. If the doctor prescribes any medications to help your elderly loved one, you or a companion care at home provider can remind them to take those medications.
Using Ice Packs and Heating Pads
Many senior citizens who struggle with hip pain find that ice packs and heating pads do a lot of good with relieving the pain. Many experts recommend that people do the 15 minutes on – 15 minutes off method. So, for example, your elderly loved one would need to use a heating pad for 15 minutes, then use an ice pack for 15 minutes. If you or a companion care provider can remind them to do this a few times a day, it might greatly reduce their hip pain.
There are many senior citizens who struggle with daily hip pain. Is this is something that your elderly loved one is dealing with? If so, you may want to have them try the hip pain relief tips that were mentioned above. If, at any time, your elderly loved one’s hip pain becomes unbearable or just too much for them, make sure you or a companion care provider get them to a doctor’s appointment. The doctor can determine a treatment plan that would work best specifically for your elderly loved one.