It's 3 pm on a Saturday in the middle of July. You just parked your car at the gym, it's hot. 93 degrees outside to be exact. You gear up like usual, only this time your hip hurts so bad that you're afraid to even attempt any lift on leg day. Walking and squatting are challenging enough and you're already discouraged just from the walk-in from the parking lot to the front doors of the gym.
To top it off, you're really not in the mood to deal with any gym staff, kind of like the one in the smart-car parked right next to you. He happens to exit his vehicle and proceeds to follow you to every lifting station during your already horrible workout attempt. Annoyingly critiquing your form, and nagging you about not having a workout towel. Piss off, buddy. You don't want to cause a scene. You do your best to ignore him, and the pain. For now, you just have to deal with it... Or do you?
By examining your hip in its entirety, it's easy to see how easily injuries can occur in sports and everyday life.
The Hip Joint
Your hip joint is formed where your thigh bone (femur) meets your pelvis. Your hip is a ball and socket joint and consist of a great deal of your power source when it comes to lifting and general human function.
Several muscles support your hips and consists of four areas that we refer to as the four points of the hip. These four points consist of:
Hip flexor/thigh: These involve the muscles in the front (anterior) part of your hip where you bend
Glute/hamstring: These are the muscles in the rear (posterior) part of your hip that help you extend
Abductors: These are the muscles on the outside (lateral) part of your hip that move your leg away from the midline of your body
Adductors: These are the muscles located at your groin (medial) and move your leg towards the midline of your body
Okay after hitting you with some vocab and exposing you to all this science, it's easy to see that whole lotta things can go wrong. Day to day this may include, nerve compression, low back pain, stiffness, muscle aches, tendon aches, and of course immobility. This translates into a dysfunctional movement where simple tasks like sitting, or getting up from the toilet, getting in or out of your car, or just rolling out of the bed become impossible or by the very least, extremely painful and difficult. Likewise, you can forget about any other everyday activity as you need your hips for just about everything.
Your only reservation is that you don't want to pump your body full of narcotics and over-the-counter NSAIDs that destroy your liver... So this where we make our entrance to show you that pain relief doesn't have to cost you your health.