It’s easy to take our hips for granted when they do not hurt. But once they do, you tend to look back on old habits and wonder what caused the pain: whether it’s physical, fascial, emotional, or inflammatory in nature.
Here are some tips on how to prevent hip injuries that result in surgery and help you become better aware of hip’s limitations before they limit you.
- Sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side can injure the part of the hip joint called the labrum, a ring of cartilage around the edge of the hip socket. If you sleep on your side, put a pillow between your legs.
- Improve your posture. There are some great tools to become aware of your slouching—there are vibrating devices that alert you to straighten up and soon you start to automatically straighten up once you get used to what proper posture feels like. Often hip mobility problems cause slouching and vice versa so it’s an important aspect to become aware of both ailments.
- Run! But Not On Asphalt or Concrete. Running on asphalt or concrete can be particularly hard on your hip joints. So if you do run, avoid these surfaces and you’ll avoid hip surgery.
- Targeted Hip Stretching. YouTube itself can be a teacher for targeted hip stretches–and it’s free and easy to access in the comfort of your own home. Not to mention the availability of yoga, Pilates, gyrotonic stretching classes that offer specialized hip stretches and you can even center your workout on hip mobility–these can help you lengthen and strengthen your hips and definitely help you prevent future injuries.
- Swim! Swimming is the least joint-bearing cardiovascular activity so it’s easy on your hips joints and an ideal alternative to running.