Getting the right treatment for hip pain starts with the right diagnosis. Different causes of hip pain need different treatments. For instance, hip pain might be the result of a broken bone or dislocated hip. Then, you'll probably need surgery. Other times, you can get the right relief from rest, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and medication. Sometimes it takes a combination of treatments to ease the pain. It all depends on the exact cause of your hip pain. Common treatment options include: Medication Medication helps manage many types of hip pain. Sometimes, medication can provide the cure for the condition that's causing your hip pain. Options include drugs that can relieve pain, reduce swelling, block inflammation, or treat infection. Over-the-counter painkillers: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be the right medication for a hip sprain or strain. If you have hip osteoarthritis, this medication may be a good choice. Anti-inflammatory medications: This is often the medication of choice if you have swelling as well as pain in your hip. Your doctor may prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Some are available over the counter, others require a prescription. You may benefit from a steroid medication if you have severe inflammation, such as hip bursitis. Steroids are sometimes injected into your hip along with a pain reliever. DMARDs and biologics: These medications fight the progression of diseases that cause inflammation. They may be the right treatment if your pain is from rheumatoid arthritis, for instance. Antibiotics: You'll need an antibiotic drug if you have a bacterial infection that has traveled to your hip joint. Physical Therapy Physical therapy includes exercises to improve hip movement and strengthen hip muscles. A physical therapist can also show you things to do at home to reduce pain and swelling. This approach can help with many types of hip pain. Or, it may be part of your recovery plan after other forms of treatment. Common strategies include: Rest and ice. Resting your hip and using ice to reduce swelling may be the best treatment for minor strains and sprains. These techniques may also help if you have arthritis or hip bursitis. Movement therapy. This may be for you if your pain stems from an injury or arthritis or if you're recovering from surgery. A physical therapist will show you exercises to help you heal and become more mobile. He or she might also use treatments like massage and ultrasound to ease pain. The physical therapist can prescribe assistive devices, like a cane or walker, to ease the strain on your hip during recovery. Lifestyle Change Making some changes in your day-to-day habits may be part of your treatment plan for hip pain. This is especially the case if your pain is from arthritis. Options include: Losing weight if necessary and then maintaining a healthy weight Avoiding activities that cause pain Not smoking because smoking delays bone healing Surgery Hip surgery is usually the right treatment for broken bones and dislocations. You may also need hip surgery for severe arthritis or for osteonecrosis. Osteonecrosis is a disease that causes poor blood supply to your hip joint. Types of surgery include: Closed reduction. This procedure may help with a minor fracture or a dislocated hip. The surgeon manipulates the bones back into place without making an incision. Open reduction. This is the type of surgery used for most hip fractures. Your surgeon may use pins or screws to hold your bones in place. Hip replacement surgery. Sometimes people need a new hip. This may be the case if you have a very bad hip fracture or severe arthritis that causes pain and limits your daily activities. Core decompression. This procedure helps with osteonecrosis of the hip. Your surgeon may drill holes in your hip bone to improve blood supply. Whatever the cause of your hip pain and the treatment you and your doctor decide on, realize that it can take time for the tissues to heal and the pain to subside. Be patient, and keep communicating with your doctor. Open communication will help you adjust the treatment plan if necessary.