Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Do you suffer from hip pain? If you have bursitis or arthritis, then I encourage you to keep as active as your body will allow you to. While hip pain can affect your daily life, you may be able to improve your symptoms and reduce or postpone the need for total hip replacement surgery by getting frequent exercise and motion in the hip joints.
Houston Orthopedic Physician’s Exercise Tips
If you have hip pain, avoid high-impact activities (running, basketball, tennis, etc.). Instead…
- Start your day with hip raises. This exercise helps loosen the joints and get blood flowing. Lie flat on your back with your feet hips-width apart, placed firmly on the ground. Slowly raise your hips off the floor, creating a plank between your knees and shoulders. Hold the position for three to five seconds, and then slowly lower. Repeat 10 times.
- Next, lie on the side that doesn’t hurt (or hurts less). Slowly raise the leg of the painful side up in the air off the floor. Hold the position for a few seconds, and then lower. Repeat 10 times. Do this with your other leg, if possible.
- If you have a large exercise ball, this inner thigh exercise can be very beneficial. Lie on your back and stretch your arms out. Pick up an exercise ball by pinching it between your legs (around the ankles/calves), and raise the ball off the ground. Repeat 10 times. Do a couple of sets, if you can.
Hip Pain? See a Houston Orthopedic Physician for Care
Whether you choose to use these tips or not, you may wish to see an orthopedic physician in Houston for your hip pain. Getting a diagnosis and custom treatment plan based on your symptoms and lifestyle is very important. Don’t delay getting the care you need. Call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546, or schedule your appointment with us online. Concerned that your hip pain could be caused by arthritis?
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.