Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
As a runner and triathlete, I understand the frustrations of hip pain. Nothing can ruin a great season of running like a steady ache or twinge in the hip. While putting away the running shoes is hard to do, it’s the right choice (for a time) when faced with runner’s hip pain. If you suffer from hip pain while you’re running – or after a run – schedule an appointment with your Houston-area sports medicine physician sooner rather than later to ensure the issue isn’t worsened.
What causes runner’s hip pain?
Unfortunately, there are plenty of ways to injure your hip while running. The hip is a unique joint in that it allows us to move in so many different directions. It also absorbs a lot of impact when we run. Some common causes of runner’s hip pain include:
#1 Hip misalignment. Misalignment can be present from birth. But, in many cases with runners, misalignment develops as a result of your running habits or lifestyle. Carrying a backpack over one shoulder, wearing a guitar strap, or certain repetitive motions may be contributing factors. Misalignment may also occur from running on the slightly angled edge of the road or from having a naturally stronger leg.
#2 Tendinitis. Tendinitis of the hip flexor is a fairly common problem in runners who have increased their speed or mileage. This pain may be resolved by scaling back the intensity of training and regular R.I.C.E.
#3 Trochanteric Bursitis. Also referred to more simply as “hip bursitis,” this runner’s hip pain occurs on the outer part of the hip. The pain may radiate down the thigh and be tender to the touch. R.I.C.E. can help with this pain, as well.
Again, there are many other possible causes of hip pain in runners. If you’re experiencing pain, it’s important to see your Houston sports medicine physician, who may be able to provide a treatment and/or refer you to a physical therapist.
Schedule An Evaluation With a Houston Sports Med Physician
Are you ready to do something about your runner’s hip pain? Want to get back to the exercise you love? Schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics to have your hip pain evaluated. You can schedule online or by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.