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Sore Hips from Running

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When I first started jogging a couple of years ago I would get sore hips.  The sensation was a burning feeling.  It eventually went away, but now it's returned.

I'm fitter than I've been in a while so I'm not sure why it's bothering me.  One possible scenario is that I'm not doing yoga anymore so my hips aren't being stretched. I'm not sure.

Anyone who's had hip problems off and on?  Or have any idea why it would go away only to come back later when my running posture has improved?
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I've been getting sore hips for years. It reached a peak a few years ago when I was hiking then I started taking glucosamine and I think it helps but it has got progressively worse even with the supplements. I don't know why and haven't been to a doctor cos im young and i dont think they can do anything grandma had both hips replaced, my grandad both knees, my gran has bad hips and sways when she walks, my mum has arthritis, and my dad has recently been having lots of tests but they couldn't find anything because his hips have been playing up so he couldn't run for a couple of months and he was doing about an hour on the treadmill a few times a week.
You should start doing some supplemental exercises to help with that - Rachel Cosgrove outlines some in her recent article about running.

Rachel does Ironman triathlons - I'd take her advice on the subject.

The yoga won't do much of anything for you though - it promotes the wrong kind of mobility for a runner. Increased back flexibility comes at the cost of lowered hip mobility, and runners need hips that work right!

 The one thing that actually helps with bone density is resistance training with heavy weights - doing it right (and supplementing with omega-3 fish oil) promotes increased bone density and joint health.

" In terms of stimulating new bone formation, what's needed is something called a minimal essential strain (MES), which refers to a threshold stimulus that initiates new bone formation. "A force that reaches or exceeds this threshold and is repeated often enough will signal osteoblasts to migrate to that region of the bone and lay down matrix proteins (collagen) to increase the strength of the bone in that area."
-4 Things Your Girlfriend Should Know
by Tony Gentilcore
If you want to avoid bone density problems like ostereoporosis, start lifting heavy stuff...
How are your shoes?  I generally find that the first sign that I'm due for a new pair of running shoes is that I start to get a burning feeling in my knees and hips after long runs (anything over 6 miles) or short runs where I push my speed.

I generally try and replace my shoes every 400 miles (I log every run I do, so it's actually not too difficult to know when it's time) - but every once in a while, the shoes are worn out before the 400 mile mark - and that's when I feel the burning and stiffness in my knees and hips.

Just a thought....
I started having hip problems when I would run in middle school. They would even pop sometimes and it got to where I would have to sit out on the mile run tests. My mom had a hip replaced when she was in her twenties so I'm sure it's possible that I could have the same thing. I love running though and I just suffer through it.
hmm, i've been having some pains myself.  i wonder if it's a sneaker issue.  however, i'm also going to look into the "supplemental exercise" idea that melkor mentioned.  it makes sense that that would take some of the strain off of the affected area.
On the shoe point. When I run I get blisters on the inside of both my arches. My boyfriend said I needed to get proper running shoes instead of my normal trainers which I did but it still happens. The only difference is these are tighter and I sometimes get pins and needles when I do other exercise in them!
I totally get sore hips while running but I am a new runner with not too much experience. My shoes are new and good quality, suited for my arches and all that - so I know it's unlikely to be the shoes.

I asked this question here before and got some answers which made me think it's because the muscles that connect my torso to my legs rarely get used/stretched except when I run. I am aiming to strengthen and stretch them now and will let you know if it gets better. /59026.html

My brother, who unlike me is a multi-marathon runner, also complains of hip issues. He and I are the only people in my family who have these issues (I have three other brothers and a sister who run without complaints). The funny thing is both of us broke our legs when younger. I worry maybe in the repair of our legs one is shorter than the other or something which affects our runner's gait and leads to extra strain on that part of our body.

Anyone else break their leg? Something to think about?! :-\

I was out of training this past spring for 7-8 weeks with hip problems.  After seeing a sports physical therapist I started doing what he said:

1.  If what you are doing causes symptoms, stop doing it.

2.  He gave me a bunch of exercises that helped- getting an inflatable beach ball, laying on the floor, put the ball between my knees, lift bum off floor and squeeze, squeeze squeeze!  Do 3-4 sets of 30 seconds each.  Then take the ball, stand with your back against the wall, ball between knees with knees bent at 90 degree angle. 3 sets of 30 seconds. 

3.  Stretch really good before (well after a warmup) and after each run.  Also, since I have been doing weights on my lower body I have had no pain. 

I was able to complete my half marathon with NO pain, and have since done more.  Keep it up.

I have a long history of hip problems. I would say that if the yoga was helping before, then you should try the yoga again. The yoga definetly helps me - A LOT.

In my case, it appears I have arthritis so that is obviously playing a big role. In addition to burning, I'll sometimes get a grinding sensation of bone against bone.

Otherwise, I think the issue is that I have a tendency for tight, shortened hamstrings. Running tends to make them even tighter. Yoga helps loosen them up. I really like the downward dog position - that one helps immensely!

I've also read that it can be helpful to develop your side-to-side muscles - inner and outer thigh muscles (abductor/adductor... what the heck are they called! blanking!).

Finally, women are more prone to these problems because their ligaments relax once a month to enable menstruation.
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I'd check the shoes
Thank you for all your responses!

My hip is still sore, but it feels better on the days I'm doing weights on my lower body. 

I'll start doing my stretching and down-dog, and keep up the weight training.

The side-to-side muscles feel REALLY good when I work on them (I can't remember the name of them or the machine either but it's the hip abducter and adductor thingee).

Thanks Again!
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