Nutrition & Medications for Hip Pain

Initially, depending on the patient’s condition, age and activity level, he/she may be prescribed pain killers and/or nutritional supplements in order to manage pain. This may be combined with physiotherapy as studies suggest that light exercise helps relieve arthritic pain.

Nutritional Supplements

An individual’s nutritional intake plays an important role in a patient’s hip pain treatment. Certain amino acids and molecular compounds can aid in cartilage repair, reduce joint pain and control the inflammatory response of the body.


A form of amino sugar, glucosamine can help cartilage formation and repair, making it very useful for hip osteoarthritis patients. One can get glucosamine supplements, derived from shellfish, at a chemist for hip arthritis treatment.


Chondroitin is also very useful for treatment of hip arthritis. This supplement is a protein molecule, which is responsible for restoring elasticity to the cartilage, improving its shock absorbing facility and blocking enzymes which break down the cartilage.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

MSM is commonly prescribed and widely available. It is known to benefit patients in many ways including treating allergy symptoms and interstitial cystitis. It is also prescribed for alleviating joint pain and can be safe and effective in the short run.

Medications for Hip Pain

Like every other disease or ailment, hip pain requires patients to take medication to heal quicker. The medications recommended for hip arthritis fall into three broad categories:

  • NSAIDS: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDS help reduce tissue pain, swelling and inflammation.
  • DMARDS: Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs or DMARDs slow down the progress of certain kinds of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid medication is given to a patient only when NSAIDs are no longer effective for his/her joint pain. They are essentially a stronger form of NSAIDs.


The doctor may prescribe NSAIDs for the patient’s joint pain. There is a variety of NSAIDs and it may require some trial and error to figure out which works most effectively on the patient.

Side effects: The most common side effects of NSAIDs include stomach upset, abdominal pain, ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. It is often recommended that NSAIDs are consumed with food to reduce the likelihood of side effects. Also, a doctor may prescribe antacids, sulfate, proton-pump inhibitors and misoprostol to protect the stomach lining   In addition, NSAIDs are often prescribed along with other medications to help stabilize the stomach.


To treat progressive damage to cartilage, bone and adjacent soft tissues caused by rheumatoid arthritis, doctors use a class of medications called Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs or DMARDs. These medications act slower than NSAIDs and corticosteroids, taking weeks and sometimes months to become effective, and are often prescribed for longer periods of time and in varying doses. Sometimes more than one DMARD is used as a combination therapy for maximum effect. When effective, DMARDs can help promote remission of the rheumatoid arthritis, helping reduce joint destruction and deformity.


These are prescribed for short periods of time during severe rheumatoid arthritis flares or when NSAIDs have proven to be ineffective. They are more effective than NSAIDs in reducing inflammation. There are oral and injectable versions available.

Side effects: The patient should always check with the doctor for possible side effects. Some side effects may include facial swelling, weight gain, bone erosion and infection.


Note: It is strongly recommended to consult one’s physician or orthopedic surgeon for an accurate diet, medication plan for quicker healing.

Disclaimer:  This website illustrates various therapies/treatments, which patients generally adopt to treat pain. These illustrations should not be considered as recommendation or endorsement of such therapies by the Company for treating such pain. Please consult your surgeon/doctor to find the best available treatment suited for your hip pain.