Hip Pain From Running isn't really from running.
We're conditioned to think that if we're doing any particular activity and then develop tendonitis or some other pain issue, that the activity is to blame.
Doctors tell you to rest and/or to stop running. That helps a bit but time passes and you try running again and the running pain symptoms are right back.
Again, we blame the running.
The good news is, running isn't the cause of the hip pain.
The bad news is, SOMETHING isn't working correctly.
What causes hip pain from running?
If running isn't the cause, what is?
Ultimately, the Pain Causing Dynamic is the engine that drives muscle pain and problem.
The Pain Causing Dynamic is a core mechanism of the Tendonitis dynamic.
See: What Is Tendonitis?
Basically the Pain Causing Dynamic (and Tendonitis) is made up of:
These three factors actively conspire together to cause all sorts of pain and problem, including hip pain.
See: Hip Pain
Important facts about physical function that play a role in hip pain you have been told is from running.
When a muscle is too tight:
When a muscle doesn't have enough of the right nutrition:
Pain triggers inflammation process, and:
The fact remains, you've been running, and now hip pain is present and is (presumably) limiting your running.
And maybe you have some fear about the prospect that running more might make things EVEN worse.
Well, it probably will.
But not because of the running.
This is not semantics, this is a VERY important distinction.
Running isn't the cause of the pain.
The cause of the hip pain 'from running' is, ultimately muscle dysfunction.
Why muscle dysfuction?
So the muscle(s):
So, running is a factor, but not a cause.
If form and function was appropriate, you could run all you want with no issues. But the tendonitis dynamic just creeps in, no matter what you're doing.
Remember, the tendonitis dynamic is a -dynamic-....multiple factors at play in multiple directions. As any one factor starts to go downhill, the rest of them do to.
As form and function decreases, the inability to run without experiencing the results of that decreased form and function INCREASES.
Don't be fearful of hip pain from running actually being from running.
It's not. Running isn't the culprit. If you quit running, the dynamic of pain and tightness is still in place.
Rest will not fix this issue.
Having said all that, you want to keep running, and running obviously isn't going to fix the problem.
So what can you do about that?
1. Get professional massage from a skilled massage therapist that can figure out the source of the problem. Is it actually a hip issue? Or is the hip pain the result of issue in the lower leg(s)?
(Remember, if muscles aren't absorbing force that force has to go somewhere...so if lower leg muscles aren't absorbing force and that force is translating up to the hip....
2. See a very skilled physical therapist that can figure out what's up with the kinesthetic chain and correct that and/or any alignment issues (hip or otherwise).
3. Self massage. Look for and find anything that is tight. Work it over time until it isn't.
4. Anything anti-inflammatory you can do is a good thing.
5. See: Magnesium For Tendonitis
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