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Hip Pain(3 posts)

Hip Painharryd
Aug 1, 2003 6:26 AM
Recently as I've been riding, I notice that my right hip hurts sometimes when I get off and cool down. Kind of feels frozen and aches a bit when I move it laterally (not forward and backward) Any thoughts as to what might be causing this? (bad bike fit, too much play in the pedals?) I'd like to keep riding but I don't want to crush my hip.
I have some ideas...funknuggets
Aug 1, 2003 8:51 AM
For whatever reason, I always respond to this pain diagnostic type of post. First of all I must issue the following caveat... all riders are different, different physiological history, genetics, and form... so that being said, there is not one answer about fit or fixing aches or pains. First of all where is the pain occurring, front, back, middle...etc and can you physically touch the part that hurts... as if it is a soft tissue injury?

But, Im going to hop out on a limb hare and say that one of four things is happening.

1. Your saddle is likely too high. Too high of a saddle creates excessive pelvic tilt on the downstroke. Will often occur with some calf issues and or lower back pain... Less common, there is hip pain due to your saddle being too low two, but often the angles have more of a detriment on the knees in these conditions. Check this first.

2. Is it possible that you are a runner or an ex runner? Often with runners, or any athelete for that matter... pain in the hip reflects either degeneration in the hip(arthritis...which I was diagnosed with at the ripe old age of 27), or you have a knee problem that is causing some pain in the hip. Either way, it sounds like some inflammation that you should try and take care of with healthy doses of ibuprofen (like 4 200mg at least 3 times a day...I took more... but dont want to be excessive).

3. You have one crank arm longer than the other (more of a joke...)

4. Do you experience pain anytime on the bike. Remember, your hip often also moves laterally when you are sprinting or out of the saddle. Does it hurt when you pull up or push down or what?

So questions the funk
Thanks for the commentaryharryd
Aug 1, 2003 5:46 PM
Now that I think about it, I did adjust my saddle upward a cm or two before my last 25 mile ride, and the hip started hurting soon after I got off the bike. It definitely hurts at the joint alone, not soft tissue, and hurts a bit when I move the leg around too much. Feels like inflamation. With a little Advil and a lower seat, I'll be back.