02/03/2018

Do you suffer from hip pain?

By Move It or Lose It

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Hip pain affects thousands of people in the UK often resulting in a hip replacement with over 100,000 procedures carried out in 2015, according to BMI Healthcare. Fortunately, it is one of the most successful orthopaedic operations, but some simple exercises can help to reduce the pain and may even delay or prevent the need for hip replacement.

If you are suffering with hip pain then the first thing to do is to get it diagnosed professionally. The NHS recommends seeing a doctor if:

For many, hip pain is caused by weakness in the buttocks and muscles around the hip joint and simple exercises can help to strengthen these muscles to relieve pressure on the joint.

Anyone fortunate enough to have pre-operative exercises given to them will be familiar with side leg raises and after hip surgery, this exercise has to be done with a physiotherapist before you can go home.

Everyone is different; so as long as you have no underlying problems and simply need to strengthen up your muscles, try doing this exercise:

It’s a good idea to strengthen the muscles in your buttocks too – your glutes. They are really important for good balance and can often become weak from sitting for long periods at work or home. A really great exercise is the sit-to-stand which simply involves getting up and down from a chair repeatedly. Try doing it for 30 seconds and see how it works your thighs and glutes.

This video shows you how to do side leg raises, sit-to-stands, heel raises and arm raises in the time it takes to boil a kettle. Do it every day when you make a cuppa and you can clock up dozens of repetitions without noticing – try it here!

Remember, if you have any health conditions it’s best to take medical advice before trying any new exercise routine.

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