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Hip tendinitis is a common problem in athletes who overuse the tendons around the hip, causing them to become inflamed and causing symptoms such as pain when walking, which radiates down the leg, or difficulty moving a leg. or both legs.
Generally, hip tendonitis affects athletes who engage in physical activities that involve excessive use of the legs, such as running, cycling or soccer, but it can also arise in the elderly due to progressive wear and tear of the hip joint. Find out about other causes of hip pain.
Hip tendinitis is curable in most cases, however, the chances of cure are higher in young people who undergo physical therapy.
The main symptoms indicative of hip tendinitis are:
- Hip pain, which gets worse over time;
- Hip pain, radiating to the leg;
- Difficulty moving legs;
- Leg cramps, especially after long periods of rest;
- Difficulty walking, sitting or lying on the affected side.
In the presence of signs and symptoms of tendinitis in the hip, it is recommended that the person consult an orthopedist or physical therapist for a physical examination to diagnose tendinitis and, thus, initiate the most appropriate treatment.
How the treatment is done
Treatment for hip tendonitis should be guided by an orthopedist or physical therapist, but it can usually be started at home with rest and application of an ice pack for 20 minutes, until the day of the consultation with the orthopedic doctor.
After the consultation, and depending on the cause of hip tendonitis, it may be recommended to take anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and undergo physical therapy for hip tendonitis, which includes a set of exercises to help relieve pressure on the tendons, decreasing the pain.
In more severe cases, treatment for hip tendinitis may include surgery to remove tendon injuries or to replace the hip joint, especially for elderly patients.
Exercises for Hip Tendonitis
Exercises for hip tendonitis help to warm up the tendons and therefore relieve pain. However, they should be avoided if they are causing severe pain and it is important that they are recommended by a physical education professional or physical therapist.
1. Swing your legs
To do this exercise, stand next to a wall, holding the wall with your closest arm. Then, slightly lift the leg furthest from the wall and swing it 10 times back and forth, lifting it as much as possible.
Then the leg should return to the starting position and the exercise should be repeated, swinging the leg from side to side in front of the leg that is resting on the floor. Finish the exercise, repeating the steps with the other leg.
2. Hip Stretch
To perform the hip stretching exercise, the person should lie on their back and bend the right knee towards the chest. With the left hand, pull the right knee to the left side of the body, maintaining the position, for 20 seconds. Then, return to the starting position and repeat the exercise with the left knee.