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What Causes Hip Pain?

Learn what causes hip pain from physical therapist Eric Sampson in this Howcast video.


There's a number of causes of hip pain. The hip pain, or the hip joint, just like the shoulder joint, is a complicated ball and socket joint, therefore as a result, it relies heavily on the soft tissues, the muscles, ligaments to hold it together, otherwise it can sort of dislocate or separate quite easily.

By relying heavily on the musculature, and having so many degrees of motion within that joint, there can be this pattern of doing activities too frequently, too often, like sitting, like bending, that can lead to tissue breakdown within the joint.

The other separate issue with the hip joint compared to the shoulder, is that you have a lot of weight bearing responsibilities with the hip, your standing, walking, running tasks, so that can further exacerbate the breakdown of tissues. But usually we're spending most of our day in a flex position at the hip, just like as I am now, and as a ball and socket joint in this position. The ball is settling, or sitting, in one specific area.

So it's fine there, but all the other areas that it belongs in, and is supposed to roll around in, it's not pushing those areas enough, and you can get a lot of restrictions and can lead to muscle strains and muscle problems when we try to actually get active later in the day.

The other big problem is we tend to not stretch enough. We pretend to run, we exercise, we work out, but we really don't stretch those hip joints and hip muscles enough to offset the strength training, and that could, again, further exacerbate, you know, hip condition. So it's a combination of stretching more and sort of getting up more at the office, which can help, you know, sort of alleviate some of the breakdown.

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