Hidden Culprits Behind Hip Pain: Unraveling the Mystery
Andrew Gorecki, DPT, Physical Therapist, Fellow of Applied Functional Science, Hip Pain Expert
Hip pain is a common ailment that plagues many, but the root cause is often misunderstood. While it's easy to point fingers at the hip itself, the reality is more complex. Let's dive deep into the three most common causes of hip pain and discover the hidden culprits that might be sabotaging your mobility.
- The Perils of Prolonged Sitting
In our modern world, sitting has become the norm. Whether it's at work, binge-watching our favorite shows, or even reading insightful blogs like this one, we're often glued to our seats. But what's the cost?
The iliopsoas, commonly known as the hip flexor, is a muscle that connects our lumbar spine to the upper portion of our leg bone. Hours of sitting cause this muscle to shorten and tighten. This not only misaligns our back and hips but also increases stress on the hip joint. The result? Inflammation, wear, and tear, and a cascade of pain.
Imagine the emotional toll of this constant discomfort. The simple joys of walking in the park or playing with your kids become daunting tasks. But there's hope, and it starts with understanding the full picture.
- The Foot and Ankle Connection
Our feet are the unsung heroes of our bodies. They bear our weight, keep us grounded, and play a pivotal role in our overall mobility. But did you know they're intricately connected to our hip health?
When our foot lacks mobility or is positioned poorly, it sends shockwaves up the chain, stressing the tissues of our hips. This misalignment can lead to pain and altered movement patterns. The emotional frustration of not moving freely, of feeling trapped by pain, can be overwhelming.
- The Role of the Trunk
Our mid-back, or trunk, is a hub of mobility. It orchestrates movements, influencing areas both above and below. A simple reach across the table, a twist to grab something – if your trunk isn't moving optimally, your hips step in to compensate. Over time, this overexertion takes its toll.
Imagine a symphony where one instrument is out of tune. The entire harmony is disrupted. Similarly, when our trunk doesn't play its part, our hips bear the brunt, leading to a symphony of pain.
The Bigger Picture
While it's tempting to blame the hip directly, these three areas highlight that the true culprits often lie elsewhere. The hip is a team player, stepping in when other areas falter. But like any team player, it can only take so much before it cries out for help.
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Try out this Hip Flexor muscle stretch led by Dr. Gorecki. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/xuXTSKQBwyw