• Take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
• Try to avoid activities that aggravate the pain.
• Sleep on your non-painful side with a pillow between your legs.
A hip fracture is considered a medical emergency. Therefore, if suspected, you should be seen right away.
As the pain improves, gradually begin to exercise. It is best to work with a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and how to advance your activity. Swimming may be a good option because it stretches the muscles and builds good muscle tone without straining your hip joint. However, swimming does not build bone mass. When you are ready (a physical therapist can help determine that), slowly and carefully resume walking or another activity against the resistance of gravity.