Hip pain, both chronic and acute, is one of the most common types of pain. The hip joint is responsible for many different actions in the body, including walking, bending, twisting, and simply standing up. As we age, this resilient joint may begin to deteriorate with use. We may also suffer injuries to the hip, causing chronic hip pain. In recent years, new technologies and hip pain devices have been created to prevent pain or ease it when it does occur. Here are seven new hip pain devices and technology focused on preventing or relieving hip pain.
7 new hip pain devices and technology
For those currently suffering from some form of hip pain, HipTrac™ is a small, portable at-home device used to provide traction to the affected hip. The patient places the affected leg in the device and uses a hand pump to gently stretch the leg away from the hip.
This stretch may decrease pain, increase range of motion, and help to lubricate the hip joint so that it moves more smoothly in the socket. Current recommendations for the use of this product include:
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of mobility
- Muscle tightness
- Compression conditions
- Femoral acetabular impingement
2. Low back and hip pain exercise app
One of the best ways to prevent hip pain (and any associated lower back pain) is through exercise. Exercise keeps muscles strong and healthy and decreases the chance of chronic pain due to injury. Exercise apps that focus on the hips and lower back can help increase strength and mobility. The low back and hip pain Fitivity exercise app has many different features, including:
- Hundreds of workouts and exercises for any fitness level
- Community support from patients and trainers
- Animated demonstrations of poses to ensure proper technique
This app is available for free at the “lite” level or for $2.99 a month for personalized coaching and workout design. You can also pay $6.99 a month for access to all of the same benefits of the “pro” level and the added benefit of a dedicated personal trainer and access to all apps in the Fitivity library.
3. My Hip Injury app
While no app can take the place of a doctor’s qualified care, it can certainly help after diagnosis. The My Hip Injury app takes the treatment of hip pain to the next level with tons of useful features, including:
- Injury information: This feature offers detailed information on your injury, including pictures, a description of the injury, signs and symptoms, causes, and more.
- Treatment: This feature offers standard guidelines for treatment of each injury, broken down into stages of treatment.
- Exercises: Exercises for each injury are featured here, with pictures and coaching for proper form.
- My program: My program saves whatever workout you have been completing. This can be coordinated with your physical therapist so that you have at-home exercises available wherever you go.
This app can be helpful even if you have not suffered an injury or fall.
4. Verilast hip technology
If hip pain means you do need a total or partial hip replacement, advances have been made in this technology, too. Verilast hip technology is a new type of hip implant that lasts longer and feels more comfortable. Especially for younger people who need a hip replacement, Verilast offers longer life and may eliminate chipping, squeaking, and fracture to improve outcomes and decrease the chance of another hip replacement surgery.
5. Fall detection sensors
One of the most common and dangerous types of injuries among the elderly is falls. “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” may have turned into a pithy saying, but for many seniors it is a serious concern. There are new fall detection sensors that can alert not only medical personnel but also family, friends, and close neighbors.
Many seniors want fall detection sensors and feel safer when they have them. Researchers are working on sensors that predict when a fall may occur to alert help before it happens. This could prevent hip pain and more serious injury.
6. Pain diary apps
For those suffering from chronic hip pain, a pain diary app can help you and your doctor work together to coordinate appropriate pain management. Many of these apps offer the following features:
- Diet tracker: Helps prevent diet-related flare-ups
- Sleep tracker: To measure both quality and quantity of sleep
- Exercise tracker: Connecting exercise (or lack thereof) with pain
- Direct communication with your doctor: To send reports of pain, results of visits to specialists, and other crucial data directly to your doctor
Many of these pain diary apps are free or very affordable.
7. Braces and other assistive hip pain devices
If you suffer from chronic hip pain or are recovering from an acute hip injury, braces and other assistive hip pain devices can help you get back to daily activities sooner. Some common braces and assistive devices include:
- TENS device: This device uses a weak electrical signal to disrupt pain signals to the brain, allowing a person suffering from hip pain to maintain their mobility and participate in exercise and physical therapy.
- Cold therapy support wrap: For hip pain caused by inflammation, a cold therapy support wrap can help treat inflammation while providing gentle support to the affected area.
- Pelvic brace: This brace wraps around the waist and down the affected hip to offer stability and help with rotational issues that may be causing hip pain.
- Portable massagers: These come in many different forms and can help relax deep muscle tension and knots in both hips. When one hip is injured, the other side of the body will naturally compensate. A massager can help release tension that may be causing hip pain in either (or both) hips.
If, in spite of your best efforts hip pain becomes a part of your life, check out these great ways to ease hip pain when it flares up.