Hip pain is a common complaint of aging, although it can run the gamut from children to elite athletes to senior citizens. Obesity, injury (to muscles, tendons, bursa and nerves), overuse, fractures, and osteoarthritis are some of the reasons your hips hurt. This review of hip pain will focus on osteoarthritis (OA).
As discussed in the Hip Hip Oy Vey post, our hip joints are the largest joints in the human body and support many times the body weight due to the sheer amount of force required to perform daily activities. Over time repeated injury, inflammation, a fall or genetics can contribute to development of osteoarthritis. As the cartilage cushioning your hip joint is lost, your hip joint becomes stiff and increasingly painful.
Your physician may offer/suggest pain management options such as over-the-counter pain relief; injections; and physical therapy and stretches. You can also contribute to your health with self-care measures such as getting enough sleep, losing weight (if needed), and low impact ‘hip-joint-friendly’ exercises such as walking, stationary biking, swimming/aqua therapy.
Here are several resources for you to explore to keep yourself moving without aggravating your achy hip. Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck’s hip pain/arthritis video gives a great explanation of OA plus demonstrates 5 exercises to help your pain.
The water exercise coach shows hip-friendly low-impact aqua exercises to help with range of motion and flexion. Remember, when immersed in water to your waist, 50% of your body weight is supported, immerse to your neck and 90% is supported. Immersion also increases resistance without adding to joint load. Click here for the hip friendly exercise DVD. Suzanne Andrews also has a complete Arthritis Water Therapy DVD.
Last, but certainly not least are the all important resources for stretching. Dr. Jo shows modified movements here. Miranda Esmonde-White’s YouTube video shows similar stretches. Feel free to compare the two.
*Check with your physician and get an okay before starting any new regimen.
Disclaimer: I am not a physician, but offer tips, resources, news and information intended to help you live life to the max!