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Hip Injury from Running

Running caused Hip Injury

AUG 19 2008

With hip injury and running, problems can be light and can also be serious. Hip injury occurs throughout a runnerís training period and even on competition time. Itís important to be sensitive to this kind of injury. Address and diagnose sensations of pain promptly to prevent the condition from worsening.

Read on and learn from a discussion on hip injury.

Hip Pain

Pain felt in one’s hip is often localized on the joints where the thigh and hip connect but pain can also travel upwards the hip bones. Factors attributed to hip pain are running and training surfaces, shoes, training time, stretching periods, age, and pre-existing medical conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis. Hip problems and pain are also brought about by overtraining, poor stretching and warm-ups, and rapid increase in training time and reps.

Runners who are a bit older and those who generally have weak back and back muscles are also prone to hip pain. Those who have feet problems and issues with balancing are also more likely to suffer from hip problems. Heavy overpronators suffer from hip injury oftentimes. The excessive rolling in of their feet causes pressure on the hips. In these severe cases, stability shoes are often required. Runners diagnosed with heavy overpronation must change footwear. In milder cases, additional orthotics, soles, or cushions on their current running shoes may be another option.

Hip strains and tightness
 

Continuous running, rigorous running, or running on a regular basis may cause tightness in the hip flexors. Many times, tightness may be felt also up the spine and down to the calves. Proper stretching time must be followed. Ease into your running program slowly. Do not do too much exercising and running too soon. Resist the urge to train hard in spite of the pain. With mild pain, that may be permissible. With extreme pain, resting your body is a better option.

Dealing with Hip injury
 

With mild hip pain, the runner may opt to keep training but with more serious hip injuries, total rest and cessation from training may be required. In case you continue running, lessen training periods. Back strengthening exercises will need to be incorporated into your training program. Medications like analgesics and other pain relievers help with the pain. Hot packs and therapeutic massages, oils, etc also help. Health professionals may recommend walking supports and additional cushioning on your shoes. Replacement shoes may also be ordered.

Runners prone to recurrent hip injury must consult a professional. Have your body and feet assessed. Get the right foot gear, one that matches your feet type and biomechanics. Adopt and follow a good training program.

Always check your running shoes for quality. On the onset, buy a good quality pair of running shoes. Replace worn out shoes promptly but make sure you have sufficiently broken in the new pair before rigorously training on them.
 

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COMMENT

Name: Ayla

I have hip pain and I can't put any pressure on it at all. Nothing seems to work. What could it be?

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