Arthritis of the hip typically affects men and women age 55 and older. It is characterized by joint inflammation and erosion of the smooth cartilage lining the ball-and-socket joint that connects the leg to the pelvis. Two of the most common types of arthritis that can cause aches and pains in the hip joint are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Possible symptoms of hip arthritis include: walking with a limp, stiffness of the hip joint, lack of hip flexibility, hearing a clicking sound from within the hip joint, and hip pain with activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Because arthritis pain is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, it is important to learn natural ways to relieve arthritis once it has begun to cause inflammation in the hip.
Apple Cider Vinegar with honey is an old remedy that has truly helped millions of people over the years. Some people swear by the health benefits of taking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of honey each and every day. Both the apple cider vinegar and the honey have numerous health benefits not the least of which is the ability to reduce inflammation. Even diabetics are usually permitted small amounts of natural unprocessed honey in their diets if they are also allowed to have some fruit. Do some research and check with your doctor to find out how many teaspoons of natural unprocessed honey you can consume daily. You can also try mixing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of raw honey with approximately 8 ounces of cold water. When you first start taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar and honey, the taste will be a bit unappealing. However, by the end of 3 weeks, not only are many people more accustomed to the flavor, but most report a significant decrease in hip arthritis pain.
Warm mineral baths with Epsom salts, when done correctly, can provide amazing natural relief for arthritis pain in the hip. Follow the instructions on the container to make sure you are using the recommended amount of Epsom salts. Have the water set at a warm enough temperature to dissolve the salts, and stir the water to make sure the Epsom salts are thoroughly dissolved. Soak for 12 minutes the first time you try an Epsom salt bath. If you feel much better and do not notice any adverse affects, try a 15 minute soak. If you have a heart or kidney condition, check with your doctor to make sure that warm Epsom salt baths will not cause any complications.
Another important way to relieve arthritis pain in the hip is to make sure your body is at its optimal weight. If you are overweight, your joints will be under additional strain. Losing weight can be extremely challenging when you have arthritis pain because sometimes exercise activities can be painful. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables with high levels of antioxidants. Replace corn oil with olive oil, and introduce fish into your diet.