pain in the hip

I've started getting a persistent pain around the bony part of the hip. I've tried no running for 4-5 days, but it's not going away. I can run through it, but not sure if that's wise. Ice not that helpful for the hip as far as I can tell. Has anyone else had this, and do I have any alternative to GP/physio?

I've recently come back from an Achilles injury and so would love to avoid another lay off if possible...


  • I put a post on the old forum earlier this week with a similar problem, someone diagnosed it as piriformis - but it has moved more to my hip than in my bum, I am fortunate enough to have easy access to physio who worked on my lower back on both sides, just about waist level on both sides of the spine - he seems to think I may have jarred my back - I was in real agony on Monday and Tuesday - could hardly move. I have rested all week (partly because I had a minor op) and it does seem to have improved - try and do some back stretches and rest it and massage the area either side of the spine, hope this helps.

  • thanks - I'll try the back stretches and massages and see what happens.

    I think I might join a running club as 2 injuries inside a year is annoying and I'm wondering whether slightly more organised warming up/warming down and access to a coach (plus other runners) might help prevent this happening. I'm only 33 after all - I shouldn't be cracking up just yet.
  • Try getting treatment from a Mctimoney chiropractor. I can't recommend it highly enough. I was getting persistent injuries to various parts of my right leg. (calf, shins, hamstrings) turned out it was all related to a misplaced pelvis which a few sessions with McT chiro sorted out.
  • Hi Andy
    I had a very similar problem to you. Ice wasn't helping me either and again I could run through it too. In the end I had to stop running until I could no longer feel the pain. I was recommended to a physio who set about stretching the piniformis muscles and the lower back muscles. He also gave me strenghening excercises for core stability etc. all of which have made a big difference to me. The pain has not returned for a whole 3 months of training.

    Incidentally, the guy who was treating me has also treated Kannouchi, Haile and Mouazziz at the 2002 Flora marathon- how cool is that!
    Anyway, my advice is that you would probably save yourself serious injury and long term problems if you do go and see a physio who is into sports injury prevention.
    It may cost you more in the short term but it would be well worth it.
    All the best AL
  • This is an encouraging thread to me. I have suffered wit tight hamstrings (left leg especially) and I have have a sore hip (feels almost as if it is out of joint) and the pain is spreading into my lower back.
    Are these symptons common to piniformis.
    PS What is the difference between a chiropractor and an oesteopath

  • A chiropractor uses a much more gentle action that an oesteopath. They definately make a difference with being in pain for the next week like you can be after an oesteopath has manipulated you a few times!!
  • I am pleased to report that I can see the end of my hip problems and I am back to running again.
    I visited an osteopath 6 times and he diagnosed very tight muscles around the piriformis area. This was probably caused by a long commute I now perform twice a week.
    The actions were to stretch more, put a cushion behind my back when driving and get a lot of manipulation of the piriformis area.
    The main exercise which I did that seemed to work was to lie on my side on the bed on my good side and move my underlying leg (the good one) back at 90 degrees (less in reality). I then swing the bad leg/hip over the side of the bed letting the weight stretch my hip muscles. I performed this regularly and pre races I have seen runners doing much the same thing whilst lying on the floor.
    I still have a bit of soreness in the hip area but it is manageable and getting easier all the time.
    Thanks to all those who offered advice and hopefully this may motivate others in a similar position.

  • Hi

    I have a really sore hip, but I don't want to stop running!, as I have only been running about 4 months and have done 2 10k's and a half marathon. Will I do any damage by still running?, I run about 3 times a week, distance anything from 4 to 7 miles. I stopped running for 2 weeks but the pain is still nagging me. Any advice?


  • It could be your trainers. If you have covered over 600 miles then the trainers start to lose there bounce. This is what caused my bad hip. As soon as I replaced them it was fine!
  • I'm seeing an osteopath about a persistent hip problem. In my case the head of the femur works itself out of the hip. For 2-3 months, walking has been painful, let alone running. The exercises I've been given don't appear to be doing much good. Any suggestions for some that really work for a very flexible woman? (The osteopath has had difficulty with putting the joint back in place, because I have too much laxity in my hip joints apparently! The joint doesn't "pop" into the way it should.)
  • I have had a piriformis problem dignosed by a doctor. Have been stretching and cycling only for 2 weeks now. I also am having pains in my lower back. It feels sore when I press between 2 vertebrae. I have also been getting pains around the hip area, the back of the leg feels tight, I get shooting pains up and down my leg especially when driving for more than 20 minutes.

    I'm not convinced the doctor paid enough attention to the other back symptoms and did not perform any examination. He just told me to see someone at my gym for stretches, take loads of Ibuprofen and rest. I think as far as he was concerned I was a runner so just stop running and my problems will cease. He even said that at 34 I was to expect problems which was depressing. So I might as well go and get the slippers and be fat for the rest of my life!
  • I have just found a great pain killer called voltrol (think thats how you spell it) It has made all the difference to my hip pain!!!! I am doing Clowne half marathon on Sunday, something I didn't think I would be able to do if I hadn't discovered these tablets. Has anyone else taken them and have they any comments?

    thanks Helen
  • No, are they an anti- inflammatory?
  • voltrol does have an anti inflammatory effect, it is usually given for joint pain etc..
  • Got my hip pain diagnosed as either tronateric bursulitis or facia laza syndrome. Doctor wasn't sure. I was only available to train on bike or in gym for several weeks. Still pain returned with runnuing. I believe it was caused by worn out shoes and anti-inflamatory tablets (ibrobrufen 500mg) has taken the pain away completely, almost instantaneously. Wish i tried them weeks ago
  • I've got a pain in my hip - round the joint. It doesn't hurt when actually running or immediately after but the next day it feels stiff and achey. It started when I began to increase my distance when training for a marathon. I had three weeks of total rest after the marathon and went out for my first run the other night and the pain came back. It seems really localised to me - not spreading towards my back. Any suggestions?
  • Hi Andy, have you ever tried a Tibetan Applicator, my boyfriend had similar a persistent pain in his hip for years, but then he found this Applicator and it REALLY DID work!
  • I am a newcomer to running at 42 years old have been running for around 3 months now and uped my weekly mileage to around 20 miles a week 3 weeks ago i run 3 times a week and since uping the mileage i get a pain in my hip every run now , it starts around 4 to 5 miles and gets worse . The next morning iam stiff around my hip but by the afternoon i am fine , the next day when i go for a run the same cycle starts up again.              I would apreciate any advice from any one who has experienced similar , could it just be my body adjusting to running
  • I have recently returned to running thanks to the efforts of a local physio who treated me for a sore right hip. He has given me an exercise to do before and after i run. I lie on my back, knees bent, place the foot of the affected side (right) over the opposite knee.draw your legs up and cup your hands infront your left knee(one hand will have to pass between your legs) and pull your knee towards you. you will feel the stretch in your hip, do this three or four timesover 15/20 secs. Take care at first as the stretch on your knee is awkward ! good luck
  • I started to get a pain in my hip during a half marathon last year but managed to limp to the finish.  I did a lot of harm by being too stuborn to stop running as it was eventually diagnosed as a stress fracture at the top of my femur which has put me out of action for over four months so far.  This is a relatively rare injury but shouldn't be discounted as a possibility with hip pain.

    In my case, I found it dificult to site the pain exactly, it was mainly from the hip, but I also had significant groin pain and occasional excrutiating pain from the centre of my thigh.  Doctors kept telling me it was 'soft tissue' damage and I eventually had to pay  for an MRI scan to proove otherwise!!

    Once again, my consultant has only seen this a couple of times so it really isn't common, but  obviously does happen!  The pain some of us have to go through to be be able to call ourslves runners!!! 

  • I also have hip problems. Its mostly my right hip but i have had ocasitional problems with my left one. They started just less than 3 years ago, i used to do 5mile runs every morning before college. Got a little bit sore in my right hip a couple of weeks before i did the k2b walk/run (40miles). Ran the first 15miles of that at a pace i could of kept for the rest, all ofa sudden my hip just went. It felt like it a disloated and gone back in, i jogged on it for another mile or so and was getting shooting pains down my leg. Im also very stubbon, i should of stopped but walked the other 24 miles. That was my second time of doing it. I did it again the year after but this time walked it, did a little bit of jogging ut not very much and was ok.

     I am constantly get this recurring hip problem though. Ive had many new pairs of running shoes so it cant be that. Im a naturaly fir person and really enjoy running. This just halts my training, i have to have months out at a time. Its one month on 2 months off so progress just doesnt happen. Im only 18 now and hope it doesnt affect me much longer as i would like to start doing competitions. The pain is on bone/joint not the muscle. Muscle/joint cream dont do any thing for it.

    Im injury free at present (touch wood) and running 8miles at 1 hour pace 2 nights a week just to get a feel again. Havent done any running since september.

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