View Full Version : Hip pain while running
08-28-2010, 09:36 AM
About 10 months ago I started having pain in my right hip for no apparent reason. I was having upper back issues and thought it was from that. I went to a PT for a little while and it didn't really help. I wasn't able to run without cramping pain in my hips (both of them). It took over a month of no running of walking fast to get the pain to stop.
Since then, every time I try to run or even walk fast, the pain comes back. Its in both hips and they will continue to hurt for days/weeks afterward. They do not hurt if I rebound... go figure.
I'm thinking there is inflamation (I have that issue in my upper back), but I'm not sure how to heal it.
Just looking for some options to help my body heal. I really want to train for a 1/2 marathon some day, but can't even walk right now :(
Oh... I am not over weight and I do stretch before starting.
Any help would be great. **Not sure if this is the right place to post this**
08-28-2010, 09:39 AM
there may be misalignment and the muscles are inflamed from being forced out of the position they should be in. Chiropractic care is really the best for joint issues. I know everyone does not agree, but you could at least consult and evalute after that.
08-28-2010, 11:55 AM
I actually have done chiro. too. He said my hips were fine. To do more stretches. But that isn't helping :confused:
08-28-2010, 03:42 PM
Have you tried acupuncture?
08-28-2010, 05:34 PM
I have not tried acupuncture yet. I was hoping (and still am) that an all raw diet with maybe some suppliments like MSM might be helpful. We'll see.
08-28-2010, 06:08 PM
I had this problem and went to a chiropractor. He took x-rays and it was clearly visible that all was not well there....my very lower back hip area of my spine was very twisted looking. It causes a shooting pain whenever I walk too much or if I lay down or sit down a certain way. The problem was caused by my job where I was standing up for very long periods of time without sitting and was lifting a lot of heavy things and frequently walking at a fast pace.
Stretching can help...I would recommend yoga as it helps with my pain sometimes. My chiropractor told me what kinds of stretches I needed to do and what to do if the pain started.
He also does a type of electric acupuncture that sends an electronic pulse into the points...this type of acupuncture is supposed to be covered by most insurance.
Did your chiropractor take x-rays? Perhaps you should try a different chiropractor if that one wouldn't help you?
08-29-2010, 06:00 AM
Have you tried changing your running shoes. I had one pair that caused me to have a pain in my knee every time I wore them.
08-29-2010, 06:09 AM
I spent several months in the chiropractor office last year due to pain in my hip. We did neuromuscular therapy, stretches and adjustments and nothing would seem to give lasting relief. Until...THE ARCH IN MY FOOT ON THE SAME SIDE STARTED HURTING WHEN I WALKED! My arch was falling a throwing the alignment off. The chiro gave me sticky arch supports pads to put in my shoes and this is what did the trick for me. I have plantar faciatis. I wear Orthaheel flipflops and sandals in summer and use arch spts in my shoes in winter. The orthaheel shoes have a great arch and are made for those with foot issues or need good spt. Remember it all starts with a good foundation.
Goodcat I hope you get to the bottom of your pain b/c it sounds like you have some wonderful goals.
08-29-2010, 08:37 AM
Thank you all for your support and suggestions. I will keep researching and trying new things.
It seems like it could be food allergies (which I do have some), causing bursitis in my hips. We'll see. I am going to start changing up my diet a little and doing lots of good stretches and see if this won't heal up.
I will also look into my shoes and my arches. That makes sense too.
Hi, have you tried a massage therapist yet? Someone who will work to loosen those muscles and your back muscles? I've had some running training, is it possible that you were doing too much distance too quickly? It is my understanding that as you increase distance on jogging/running, not to increase more than 1% each week to help avoid injury. Also, have you been to one of those very good athletic shoe stores? They will watch you walk and help you to know if you are a pronator or not, it could be that your shoes and the way you run/jog might contribute to your back and hip pain. I met an AMAZING 59 yr old woman recently who does IRONMANS!!! We both went to the same gym and she discussed some of the training I'd received and gave me some correction, instead of the "lean into it" training I received (except for hills) she's specific to keep her feet aligned beneath her - this way she can jog for 3-4 hours. I found her very inspirational and encouraging. Also we don't want our toes doing the penguin thing, but to make sure the toes are rested while running - not pointing upward to keep our shoes on. As I understand it, the way we jog is really important for injury prevention.
Can you do some relaxed swimming and see a massage therapist to see if you can get some help that way? I'd love to hear your results.
Take care now :)
10-30-2010, 07:24 PM
I know this might come a little late but have you considered changing the mechanics of how you run? I have only been running for three years, way longer than I have been transitioning to raw, and have modified my technique to accomodate hip and back pain. I have ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis and no ACL in my right knee. But I am running; because I want to.
I began studying ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer, and reading about the techniques Kenyan runners use. I can run longer, use less stored energy, and be relatively pain free now just by improving my mechanics, and being vigilant about good self-care: such as running-specific yoga stretches I found by googling and asking my friend the yoga instructor, leg drains, proper hydration, and heat therapy.
I don't know if you would be interested in trying these things, but they might help!
10-30-2010, 07:38 PM
I would try to find a real accupuncturist who has all the training. see if that helps. Also just make sure they had all their credentials.
I hope you find something that works.
10-30-2010, 07:54 PM
ide do exercises / calestetics aimed at strengthening hips
for a few months before went back to running
11-02-2010, 10:49 AM
GoodCat, I can ony offer you my experiences or running injuries and there have been plenty. Shoes/PT/Chiroprator/Acupuncture have all had visits from me.
However I find the most successful and practical way I have avoided injuries and prevented them has been hills. You highlight no rebounder injuries but sore hips when your run normally, the closest your going to get to that is running up hills as its low impact. This will also throw you into a more natural running position and help develop your hip and lower leg strength. Other benefits are HGH boosts, Vo2 development and a great ass.
Ease into them buld up slowly as you dont want to injure somethign else rushing in and run them 2-3 times a week. You dont need to run for long something like 10reps of 20secs, but run them strong. Do this for a good 3-4 weeks and then start to introduce runnign on the flat and see if the hills have puta little more robustness into your frame.
11-02-2010, 11:39 AM
Invest in Rolf ing, its worth it.
11-02-2010, 02:13 PM
Wow... thank you eveyone for the info. I haven't been able to focus yet on my issues with my hips, but I've been juice fasting and learning to eat all raw.
I still do the rebounder, but I really do want to figure out how to start fast walking and running. So I'm going to read over everyones thoughts and start trying a few.
Thank you again,
12-16-2010, 01:48 AM
I had pain for years...saw PT and chiro and then a neuromuscular massage, reg. massage.
Seriously don't wait longer go see a rolfer.... Oh, I forgot to tell you I even had a bone scan done (I was young and stupid) because of hip pain...they wanted to do exploratory surgery....I was smart enough to say no. I wish I had seen a rolfer instead of getting a bone scan done. :-( However, at the time I did not know anything about rolfing.
I resisted because it seemed so expensive and they wanted 10sessions. I found a rolfer who said give me 3 sessions and if you do not feel different then do not continue. OMG... What a difference after 1 session. Wow...that makes a difference.
Years later, I was pg and at 5 months I could not walk (not because I was big as I was just starting to show). I was at home crying on the floor and my rolfer said to come over immediately. It was amazing. I thought that there was no way I was going to make it to 9 mon, but I did and in fact wish that it was an 11mon pg because I felt so good at the end and was walking 6 miles!
See a rolfer or someone trained in structural integration (same thing just different name)! They deal with all kinds of patterns of structure that can make movement ineffective and painful. I had a friend go see one and she recommended her rolfer to two other people including one who was a runner. All of them are doing better. My friend even ended up going through the 10 series because it was so helpful and now goes once in a blue moon.
Since I started Pilates, I don't see my rolfer that much anymore....but the two combined are awesome.
Like most bodywork, it is good to find someone who has experience. Good luck.
Hope this helps. If you have any more questions you can PM me.
My off-the-shelf medication recommendation would be to start using a pair of Vibram FiveFingers.
These are a few of the benefits I've noticed:
The foot is the primary contact with the ground. When the strength and form of the foot improves, the entire stride improves.
Watch a person with regular shoes on, and they make no attempt at absorbing shock with their legs. Yes - these new shoes are marketed as having all kinds of wizardry in them; but watch a runner going down hill and the impact their knees takes is evident. When you run barefoot, you try to avoid stepping down too powerfully; there is a natural tendency to bend the legs on impact - reducing shock, and strengthening the muscles of the lower body.
There are many more reasons why I'd recommend these shoes, but the above are most applicable. There's no guarantee they'll help, but by improving the way you interact with your environment, you might just see improvements in many aspects of your being.
12-16-2010, 09:55 AM
And go hardcore with the yoga
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