Living with hip pain can be a constant uphill battle. Simple tasks can seem difficult.
Sitting, relaxing, and even sleeping can be unsatisfying and painful. If this sounds familiar – you are not alone.
Hip pain is a common issue as we age, particularly for those in their 50s and beyond. It can stem from wear and tear, arthritis, injuries, and lifestyle factors.
However, it doesn’t have to be a constant companion as you enter this stage of life.
With this in mind, here are our most valuable tips to help you manage and prevent hip pain, allowing you to enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle:
As difficult as this may be, regular exercise is crucial for maintaining hip joint health.
We recommend low-impact activities like swimming, cycling, and walking. These can help strengthen muscles and improve joint flexibility.
2. Keep Stretching:
Incorporate hip-specific stretches and strengthening exercises into your fitness routine. This can help alleviate tension and improve joint stability.
Not sure what kind of exercises, take a look at our latest video for 3 simple exercises.
Remember if you find these difficult, we can adapt these to suit you, so please do get in touch.
3. Proper Posture:
Be mindful of your posture when you’re sitting, standing, driving, and walking.
Most people have some form of poor posture, and correcting it can help your hip pain.
If you sit a lot, ensure your workspace or seating arrangements provide adequate support for your back and hips and remember to get up and move around at regular intervals.
4. Consider Custom Orthotics:
Not providing your feet with the right support can mean each step sends shockwaves up into your hips.
If your feet are in the wrong position, then so is your ankle, knee, hip and lower back, and can eventually lead to pain.
Along with choosing shoes that provide stability and cushioning, consider using custom orthotic inserts in your shoes. to provide better support and alignment for your hips and lower body.
5. See a Physiotherapist:
At Urban Body, we can help identify the root cause of your hip pain and identify any bad habits that may be accentuating your pain.
If you’re experiencing chronic hip pain, please contact us for a free consultation. We can develop a personalised exercise and treatment plan to address your specific needs and get you back to doing the things you love – pain free!
Hip pain doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging. By adopting a proactive approach to hip health, including regular exercise and seeking professional guidance when needed, you can reduce the risk of hip pain and enjoy an active, pain-free life well into your 50s and beyond.
Remember that every individual is unique, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice and treatment options tailored to your specific situation.