While you can't prevent all hip problems, many of the same measures used to treat hip problems can reduce your risk or help prevent them from getting worse. Losing weight for example, may help keep hip osteoarthritis from progressing and proper exercise may help reduce pain and injury risk.

Taking measures to prevent injuries and tending to them promptly when they happen can prevent problems both now and down the road.

The following tips can help:

Stretch and warm up before exercise. Cool down afterward.
Don't overdo it. If you experience pain when exercising, stop and cool down.
Wear properly fitting shoes.
Avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete when possible.

If you experience an injury to your hip, rest, elevate it and apply ice. If pain is severe or persists more than a day or two, call your doctor.