If your dentist schedules you for multiple root canals and you suffer from chronic hip pain, you need to find ways to stay comfortable during your procedure. Hip pain can increase when you sit for long periods of time. But with the right pain-reducing strategies, you can get through it. Here are things you can do the night before your root canal procedures to keep your hip pain at bay.
Stretch Your Pained Hips Before Bed
Although your dentist controls pain during your root canal treatment with anesthetics or injections, the medications won't do much for your painful hips. In addition, taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs for your hip pain may not be a good idea because some drugs can interact negatively.
Some types of OTC and prescription medications relax your body too much, which means you have a hard time waking up after your procedure. Other drugs cause excessive bleeding during surgeries and procedures, which places your root canal treatment at risk for failure or infection. Instead, perform hip-relaxing exercises the night before your root canals to feel more comfortable.
Stretching the muscles and ligaments in your hips eases tension on these tissues. The exercises also reduce stress between the joints of your hips, which can lock up or become stiff. If you experience any of these issues, your dentist may cancel and reschedule your root canal treatment until you feel better.
Here are steps you can follow to improve and relax your pained hips:
- Lie down on a comfortable floor mat or bed with legs slightly bent at the knees. Keep your back as straight as you can.
- Place your hands by your sides with the palms down. Relax and lower your shoulders to the floor or mat to keep tension out of your neck.
- Take in a deep, slow breath, tighten your ab muscles and pull your navel toward your spine to support your upper body.
- Release your breath slowly as you raise one leg 3-6 inches from the floor or bed. Point your toes, then move your leg in small circles while you inhale and exhale slowly.
- Lower the leg and repeat steps 3-4 with the other leg.
Try to perform the exercises for at least 5 minutes. If you feel comfortable enough, pull your knees to your chest and rock your hips from side to side to relax them after the exercises. The stretching exercises also help alleviate sciatica pain in your shoulders, back and pelvis, which can lead to hip pain during the night and next day.
Massage Your Hips and Other Body Areas With Natural Oil
After you stretch out your hips, massage your skin with natural oil. Natural oils soothe tired, painful muscle tissue without aggravating your skin. The healthy nutrients found in natural oils penetrate the pores and cells of the skin over your hips, back and buttocks for better absorption.
You should choose an oil that calms your nerves, as well as reduces inflammation. Your hip pain can become worse if you feel uptight or stressed about your root canal treatment.
Finally, choose an oil that doesn't require too many steps to use. For example, organic coconut oil works great because you can apply it without mixing or blending it with other oils. Coconut oil leaves a light scent on your skin that doesn't linger overnight, and you can find it easily at your local wholefood or health store.
After you find the right oil for your massage, use the application tips below:
- Place a dime-sized amount of oil in the palms of your hands, then rub them together to warm the oil.
- Use gentle but firm circular strokes to massage the oil into your hips, thighs, legs, and feet. Have someone massage your back, neck and shoulders for you.
- Perform step 2 for about 10 minutes or until you feel warm and relaxed all over.
You can reapply the oil in the morning for additional relaxation during your root canal treatment.
If you have more concerns or questions about your root canal treatment and hip pain, contact your dentist for assistance. The dentist may use other methods to make your procedure feel more comfortable for you.