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What causes hip pain while walking?

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Posted on Wed, 16 Jul 2014
Question: My 95 year old father has been having hip pain when walking. We woulicald like to know what you would recommend that he could get over the counter to help him walk better. He says he is too old for a replacement. Chiropractic, ibprofin, glucosamine chondroitin complex, topical cream, Lydodrerm patches. We are open to anything you could sujest to make is life a little easier. He drives, does his won grocery shopping, Does wood carving lives alone, goes to church, cooks etc. His name XXXXXXX XXXXXXX He will be 96 in July. Please help us daughters.
He does see his Dr on a regularly for his blood work and check ups. His blood work is always very good.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Canes or walking sticks are useful

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.

From description it seems that he is suffering from arthritis hip. It is important to maintain as much activity and joint motion as possible.

Canes or walking sticks are useful, particularly when the arthritis affects only one side. It is important to use the cane in the opposite hand from the bad hip or knee. This allows him to lean away from the bad leg, taking weight off of it.

HIP INJECTIONS - Injection therapies do not cure the underlying problems of arthritis, but can be useful for short term relief (potentially for a few months).

With the above measures, he should get adequate pain relief making him to perform his activities of daily living (ADL's) comfortably.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
he does use a cane. I will have to find out which side he uses it on. Nothing he could take by mouth would help ease his pain?

Thanks you for you suggestions and I will let you know if it helps him.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please keep me updated about her progress.

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Hello,

I am glad to know that I could address your concern.
You are most welcome for further queries. Please keep me updated about her progress.
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What causes hip pain while walking?

Brief Answer: Canes or walking sticks are useful Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. From description it seems that he is suffering from arthritis hip. It is important to maintain as much activity and joint motion as possible. Canes or walking sticks are useful, particularly when the arthritis affects only one side. It is important to use the cane in the opposite hand from the bad hip or knee. This allows him to lean away from the bad leg, taking weight off of it. HIP INJECTIONS - Injection therapies do not cure the underlying problems of arthritis, but can be useful for short term relief (potentially for a few months). With the above measures, he should get adequate pain relief making him to perform his activities of daily living (ADL's) comfortably. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care