Post # 1
I started running last summer and loved it. I was going three days a week, every week; it was the first exercise routine I was ever able to really stick to. Unfortunately, pretty much as soon as I started running I started having some pain in my hip. I did all the stretches, etc, and figured it would go away as I got in better running shape. Well, fast forward to Nov/Dec. and the pain has become intense and CONSTANT. So I finally saw a doc and it turns out I have tendonitis.
I’ve been going to PT for 3 months, and although it’s gotten a bit better, it’s still very much there. I’m forbidden from running until it’s better, which sucks. And I’m just going crazy wondering how long it’s going to take to heal!
Anyone with similar experience? How long did it take you to get back to running?
Post # 3
If PT doesn’t resolve the issue, push for more diagnostic testing. Is it near the hip flexor? They call it “dancer’s hip” or something. I tore a hip muscle & they diagnosed me with tendonitis after it healed but was still painful. After several months of PT they did an MRI because they thought I might have torn my labrum as well. Turns out I had a femoral neck stress fracture that I had been walking around on & exercising with for 4 MONTHS!!! I was so pissed 🙁 Don’t let it go too long to investigate further. If it doesn’t improve speak up!!
As for what you can do in the meantime… can you do aqua jogging? Swimming? Spinning or cycling? Keep up with weightlifting or pilates/yoga to stay toned.
Best of luck, hope you have a speedy recovery 🙂
Post # 4
Thanks, and I’m so sorry to hear about your experience! That’s terrible! I will keep it in mind.
The reason it’s been harder for me to keep exercising is that with running, I didn’t need a gym membership or special equipment. i could just roll out of bed and hit the road, and it only took 40 minutes out of my day. I haven’t found anything else as efficient as that. I walk to and from work, a mile each way, but that’s not the same, of course.
I’ve been trying to keep up doing crunches and push-ups, but I’ve definitely gained a little weight since I had to stop running.
ETA: It’s definitely not the flexor. The pain is on the side of the hip.
Post # 5
I reiterate what DaneLady said. I suffered with an improperly diagnosed hip problem as well which turned out to be a femoral neck stress fracture. I had to have pins put in and was on crutches for four months. A test is to see if you can hop on that leg without excruciating pain. If you hop once lightly and get a shooting pain, go see your doctor asap.
Post # 6
Did you see a sports medicine doctor and/or orthopedic specialist to diagnosis this? I ask because I have bad a bad knee/hip coming from IT Band tightness. I did 9 rounds of PT before a doctor realized what was going on and how bad it got. I had reconstructive knee surgery (started out as exploratory and mushroomed from there) about 2 years ago, and it’s finally getting back to normal.
PT is fantastic, but it’s not a cureall. If it’s not working, go back to your doctor!
Post # 7
@namarie: I can hop on it without much pain, so I don’t think it’s that.
@abbie017: No, I saw a nurse practitioner who referred me to PT. That’s good advice. If it stays sore I will get it checked out again by a specialist.
Post # 8
@mightywombat: Definitely see a sports medicine/orthopedist to diagnosis it. Everyone’s first instinct tends to be PT, and it cures a lot of injuries, but like I said before, not a cure-all. It could end up being nothing, but a doctor is probably your best bet if the PT isn’t helping.