Trainers Tip: Anterior Hip Pain
Do you have pain in the front of your hip when you run? Listen in as Dr. James Chung discusses three reasons why you may want to get it checked out by a medical expert.
Here are three considerations to keep in mind when deciding if you should see a Physical Therapist:
1: You have a previous history of injury in your hip
Having a previous injury dramatically increases the likelihood of getting another injury. If you didn't rehab the first time appropriately, a physical therapist could help navigate how to ensure you're less likely to get injured again, especially if you plan on continuing to run in the long term.
2: Your pain doesn't get better with rest
If you notice that your pain doesn't improve with rest, it's essential to screen for more severe conditions with longer timelines for recovery, such as a bone stress reaction or muscular tears. Although rest may help manage your discomfort initially, not resting long enough may extend your recovery process. A physical therapist can help you determine the best course of action.
3: There is an associated weakness with your pain
Many factors contribute to weakness, but it's essential to determine if there is a muscular cause or a potential nerve compression in the spine, which can sometimes cause unexplained weakness, especially in the hip. The sooner you figure out what's causing your weakness, the faster you can adjust your training program to prevent any worsening of your symptoms.
Don't let hip pain keep you from running. Get assessed by a physical therapist so you can stay in it for the long run.