Hip Pain and Running

"I can't believe that I'm finally able to run without pain....thank you."

Spring is in the air, and with that, many seasonal runners are crawling out of hibernation, strapping on their running shoes, and logging those base miles in preparation for the summer race season. After a long period of time without running, the transition back to race form is often met with injury as the body attempts acclimate itself with the demands of a newly introduced training program. One of the most common complaints I see amongst my running patients is lateral hip pain. 

This past week I treated a runner who has been dealing with lateral hip pain for 18 months. She has no pain while at rest or with other forms of exercise. However, running longer than 30 minutes would result in right lateral hip pain. She had some success with physical therapy exercises, but wasn't able to get back to running longer distances due to the recurrent pain. 

Upon examination, there tenderness directly over the right gluteus medius (lateral hip), extremely tight hamstrings, and very poorly function gluteus maximus muscles. The glute max, is a large muscle on the back side of the hip, designed to extend the hip/leg. Large muscles are also capable of generating a great deal of force. While running, the glute max provides a powerful contraction to extend the hip and help propel your forward motion. It's pretty clear to see that it is extremely important to have fully functioning glute max in order to run efficiently and avoid injury.

In this case, the patient was struggling to use her glute max effectively beyond 30 minutes of running. When a muscle's function falters, the brain doesn't try to correct that dysfunctional muscle, but instead recruits other nearby muscles to help perform the activity. This is the reason why the right gluteus medius and the bilateral hamstrings were "tight and sore:" they were trying to help the poorly functioning gluteus maximus. 

Once we confirmed this relationship using Neurokinetic Therapy®, we were able to assign appropriate muscle release techniques and corrective exercises to get the gluteus maximus functioning properly again. The human body is a machine. As with any machine, if the parts and pieces of the machine are faulty, the overall performance of the machine will be compromised. When we teach the muscles of the hip to move and control the hip correctly, especially during running, we can elminate pain and greatly reduce the risk of further injury. 



Ohio Mobile Chiropractic provides care for the Westshore communities of Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Our office is located in Avon Lake, Ohio, Lorain County.

Phone: 440-429-8500
Email: ohiomobilechiropractic@gmail.com


Avon Lake, Oh Chiropractor

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Ohio Mobile Chiropractic

690 Avon-Belden Road Suite 2C

Avon Lake, Oh 44012

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