Get Your Body Running-Ready 

 June 13, 2019

By  Dr. Michael J Egan

Running season is finally here! Many of us are looking forward to getting outside and pounding the pavement. It's the perfect time to consider the health of your hips and how they can affect your ability to perform on your runs.

Most people understand the importance of their feet when they run. What you might not realise is that weakness or limited range of motion in your hips can create improper movement, reduce your stability and cause a myriad of other issues later on.

The Signs That You Have a Hip Problem

There can be a broad range of different causes for hip pain such as overuse, strenuous training, a misalignment, injury, arthritis or rotation of the hip. At [PRACTICE NAME], we focus on the source of your pain rather than your symptom to make sure the underlying cause is addressed.

If your hips need to be assessed, you might experience any of the following:

  • Clicking in the hip
  • Decreased mobility
  • Difficulty with certain yoga positions
  • Altered walking gait or walk with a limp
  • Difficulty sleeping on the hip
  • Swelling or tenderness over the hip
  • Inability to bend at the hip, lunge or squat
  • Pain that radiates into the hamstrings, low back or buttocks
  • Joint pain while walking and running
  • Sharp pains on the back of the hip or in the groin

The Key to Getting to the Bottom of Hip Pain

The key to getting to the bottom of your hip complaint is completing a comprehensive examination that looks at nearly all muscles and joints of each the hip, lower limb, spine and pelvis and the nerve supply to the muscles acting on them.  Focusing assessment and treatment only at the site of pain, although still important to address; often does not help get to the bottom of hip pain.   It is often not realised that one end of the knee bone is the exact same other end of the hip bone (the femur); and that the hip bone sits in the socket of pelvis; and that the ankle bone shares 360 degrees of movement with the hip, but the knee only flexes and extends in a single plane of movement... and so on.  The point being that issues in the kinematic chain can have a significant affect on hip function, hip conditions and your ability to fully recover from any problems.  So it is important when examining hip pain that we also look at all other contributing factors.

Even if you have common MRI findings identifying pathology in either the hip bursa, muscles, labrum or bone of the hip as an indication for the site of your pain; this information does not exactly tell us the root cause of why the pathology exists in the first place.  Outside of acute accidents, often these conditions have begun through micro-trauma and wear and tear and poor movement patterning, leaving you more susceptible to a painful condition or injury.

Our Specific Protocol to Address Hip Pain

We provide both a specific and holistic approach to getting rid of your hip pain.  Our goal is to allow your full mobility again so that you can decrease your hip pain, increase your strength and range of motion and help you get back to running with much more ease and enjoyment.  Our hip pain recovery program includes a comprehensive examination, a detailed report of the cause of your pain and an action plan for quick relief, correction and prevention of further pain.

That is why at Motion Health Centre during an initial Sports Chiropractic and Trigenics Functional Muscle Neurology examination we make sure we assess your posture, spine, hip and pelvis alignment and the biomechanics of your hips to your feet.  We also take the time to assess every muscle twice for both length and strength imbalances regardless of pain.   This information often tells us how well the hip is moving and functioning in all directions versus just the site of pain or pathology.  This gives us a clear map of what imbalances are uniquely affecting you.  By being able to specifically target all of the hip, joint and spine misalignment's and the offending muscles, tendons and limbs acting on the hip joint and working to restore proper movement in all directions you have a better chance of not just getting relief but getting back to doing what you enjoy doing more often.

Would you like to learn more? Contact our team today!

Dr. Michael J Egan

Dr. Michael J Egan is the Director of Motion Health Centre and Principal Sports Chiropractor, Registered Trigenics Practitioner and Provider of the Frozen Shoulder Procedure.

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