Are You Too Hip To Hop?
Hip pain can seriously restrict your activities and become a source of extreme frustration. It's difficult to find an activity that does not involve the hip joint and cause discomfort. Even sitting or lying down can aggravate the condition.
There are numerous reasons why you may be suffering. The most common are:-
Arthritis - probably the most frequent causes of hip pain with many courses of treatment available from your doctor. If all else fails a hip replacement would be an option.
Trochanteric bursitis - is an another common problem that causes inflammation of the bursa that covers the outside of the joint. The bursa is a sac of fluid that allows for smooth movement of the ball and socket joint. It is a common problem for runners and sports people in general. Treatment ranges from complete rest, anti-inflammatory medication or cortisol injections.
Back condition - back and spine problems can cause pain in the hip. The most common problems that refer pain to the hip region are sciatica and herniated disks.
These specific conditions will require treatment to alleviate the pain in the hip.
Other causes may include tendonitis, hip fracture, muscle strains andosteonecrosis (restricted blood flow).
What You Can Do To Help
Whatever the cause of your pain it may be possible to alleviate the symptoms by learning to move more efficiently. Try the following activity to learn about releasing stress on the joints.
1. Stand with your back to a wall with your only your shoulder blades and buttocks making contact. You will need to stand with your heels away from the wall, the distance depends on the tone in your gluteus maximus! The back of the head should not touch the wall.
2. Place a finger on your left hip joint, check the exact location
3. Let the knee to release forward and roll onto the ball of the left foot without taking the weight off it.
4. Without pushing back into the wall, don't let your back or pelvis lose contact with the wall. If you have pulled forward or dropped the pelvis you are not releasing from the hip joint.
5. Hold this position for a few moments and be aware of the contact with the floor and wall. Become more conscious of the support you are getting from the right foot and think up from the sole up through your right leg, up your back, right to the top of your head.
6. Repeat on the opposite side and when you are able to do this without swaying or losing contact with the wall, start to increase the speed until closer to walking speed. This activity is very useful for running as it allows you to appreciate how to swing the legs without undue movement of the pelvis.
Walking for fitness
When you are on the road to recovery you may wish to take up a gentle exercise such as walking. See my guide for pain-free, easy walking routine.
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