Why Your Hips Hurt When Running and How to Prevent/Relieve This Pain

Why Your Hips Hurt When Running and How to Prevent/Relieve This Pain

A common pain syndrome for runners is “Runner’s Knee,” but you may experience pain in another area - your hips!

Running is a high-impact sport and when performed frequently, you may experience pain, discomfort, and even injury in your hips.

Here are some tips to prevent hip pain when running and relieve it.

  • Stretch before and after your runs
    • Stretching every day is ideal to keep your body flexible and mobile, but at the very least, stretch for 15-30 minutes before and after your runs
    • Click here for a FREE stretching routine courtesy of Dr. Chris’ bestselling stretching book, Stretching for Fitness, Health, and Performance
  • Start slow
    • If you’re running too fast too soon, this may be causing your pain. Try slowing down your speed until you no longer feel pain after running. Once your body gets used to that speed, you can gradually increase overtime and work your way up.
  • Strengthen your hip abductors
    • Training your hip abductors and strengthening the muscles around the hip joints may relieve your pain and increase your stamina 
  • See a physical therapist if pain persists
    • They will create a customized treatment plan to relieve pain, build strength and improve function.
  • Use MuscleCare before, after, and during your run as needed
    • MuscleCare will drive magnesium through the skin and into the muscles/joints to break up tension/spasm and reduce inflammation

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