Exercise, walking aids and medication are alternatives to hip replacement surgery, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Exercise helps strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip, and using a cane or other walking aid removes some of the stress on the hip joint.
The type of medication prescribed depends on each patient's type of hip pain and damage, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. If the hip pain is accompanied by inflammation, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, are often prescribed. If inflammation is not present, acetaminophen, an analgesic medication, is a common choice.