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Hip pain(10 posts)

Hip painbikedoc
Jun 7, 2002 5:43 AM
well, I was out for a hard ride the other day and I was pushing it pretty hard for 42 miles. The next day I had pain in my right hip which gets better with stretching etc. My question is: is this related to anything I am not doing correctly while cycling, is it related to position on the bike (I have a new bike and I have been fitted for it). Or, as I might surmise is it just that Im getting old. Is this a common thing to happen from long and tough rides. Thanks
re: Hip painJohnG
Jun 7, 2002 6:30 AM
Not uncommon if you're new to this level of effort. Could be a fit issue too. ??? You probably need to give us more info re your experience and setup.

Is it possbiy the pain is from the sciatic (sp) nerve. I had severe hip pain and it was caused by a problem in my lower back.

good luck
re: Hip painPaulCL
Jun 7, 2002 6:31 AM
I've had it too. I think its' part of getting old - at least that's what my MD wife says. Hell, she's no help.

Seriously, the stretching is the key. My hip pain last summer was so bad (from riding) that I had a hard time walking after hard rides. I took ten days off the bike, useds Advil like candy, ice, heat, massage, name it. The only real treatment was ten minutes of stretching each day while the pain is in the acute stage. I've tapered off the hip specific stretching to about three days per week.

Go to I followed the stretches for ITB pain. It works.

Of course, you may have one leg longer than another or one hip higher than the other. That could really throw you off.

Good luck. Paul
re: Hip painbikedoc
Jun 7, 2002 7:08 AM
Thanks Paul. Yes I think stretching is the key and it could be ITB pain starting at the hip.
Hip pain, exactly where?Tig
Jun 7, 2002 7:07 AM
As we build our fitness, connective tissues are strengthened, not just muscle. Going too hard before our tendons are strong can cause injury, just like muscles. The problem is, muscles tend to heal quicker than connective tissues.

I'm curious about what location/type of pain you have because I sometimes have pain at the anterior (front, above the quad's) part of the joint on my dominate side. I think it started from an overuse injury I got while kicking a flat shovel for hours to scoop up grass sod. I now hate making new gardens where grass is! What I'm feeling is the big tendon at the very top of the quad's. I'm 39 and have plenty of arthritis and past joint injuries, so that doesn't help.
Hip pain, exactly where?bikedoc
Jun 7, 2002 7:11 AM
This pain is really along the side, not anterior. I think it may even be at the lower hip joint. So I think tendon injury probably makes sense.
Hip pain, exactly where?PaulCL
Jun 7, 2002 7:19 AM
That's precisely where my pain was and kinda is except its' my left hip. Seems to be right at the ball/socket joint radiating lower along the lateral leg.
Please have an X-Ray.bnlkid
Jun 7, 2002 7:42 AM
You should see the doctor for any pain that didn't exist before. Even if it is just to rule out a problem. Stretching is probably all you need, but I have first hand experience with waiting too long to see a doctor. I had similar symptons that I thought was overuse and strecthing helped. Also rest seemed to help. However, when I mentioned the discomfort on my recent physical, the doctor decided to x-ray. Turned out I had a bone tumor on the bone that goes into the hip. By waiting too long, the tumor had devoured much of that bone and I am left with some significant hardware(titanium screws, yeah!) This is very rare, so you shouldn't worry about it, but you should definitely see a doctor if it continues to trouble you.
Try two things...DINOSAUR
Jun 7, 2002 7:51 AM
My almost 60 year old body has experienced just about every type of physical ailment known to man....try two simple things: Drop your saddle a mm or two, and make sure that your cleats are perfectly aligned. Also try changing the position of your saddle, fore or aft and tilt. I wouldn't try all this stuff at the same time. Dropping the saddle and the cleat alignment should fix it. Old guys are always messing with their saddle position, that is why San Marco came out with the saddle you can adjust the fore/aft on a bike fit can cause problems also, take it easy for a couple of weeks and give your body a change to adapt... I just went through are working you muscles from different angles with a new bike if you changed will notice aches and pains until your body adapts to the new position...
possible sciatica...rufus
Jun 7, 2002 7:52 AM
i get pain deep within the hip socket whenever my herniated disc flares up, it causes all the muscles of my lower back and hips to tighten up, and pain in my hip and down my leg. the pain is lessened by stretching, and so i have to stretch every time before i ride the bike.

i think there's a large knot of muscles in the hip joint that could have been tightened up by your hard ride, so stretches and anti-inflammatories would probably help.