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A Villas Resident Near Coast Chiropractic Centers in Fort Myers Asks Dr. Tim Harcourt, "What Should I Do About A Pain in the Hip"?

Aug 2, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

When you ask people to point to their hip joint, it’s very interesting to see the vast number of places where people point—the low back, side of the pelvis, front of the pelvis, in the groin, and more! If one were to draw a line between the back and front pocket, that’s basically the hip joint.

So keeping the hip joint in mind, picture the squat exercise. According to Dr. Stuart McGill, director of the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, to safely perform a squat, one must FIRST consider genetics and the role it plays, especially in performing a deep squat.

Genetics, according to Dr. McGill, helps us to determine whether the hip joint can handle squatting. For example, genetically shallow hip sockets predispose people to hip dysplasia (arthritis). The highest rate of hip dysplasia in the world is in Poland as individuals of Polish descent are genetically predisposed to develop shallow hip sockets. However, because of these shallow sockets, the range of motion of their hips (prior to dysplasia, of course) is greater and also more powerful in the deep squat position.

Hence, it should not be surprising that the great Olympic weight lifters come from Poland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine due in part to this uniquely shaped and shallow hip socket (called the Dalmatian hip). In contrast, the shape of the hip in those of Scottish descent is deep, which has a great advantage for walking, standing, and rotation power, but the deep sockets are terrible for producing power at the bottom of a deep squat.

Similarly, Celtic and French populations have deep sockets, and that is the most logical reason why exercises that require a wide range of motion, like yoga, can result in impingement pain in a high percentage of people of such ancestry.

So, how does this relate to hip pain? Depending on your genetic makeup, if you are of the descent where shallow hip sockets are common, it might be best to avoid deep squats and/or occupations that require a lot of weight-bearing and bending over, especially those with heavy lifting. Even though you might win a squatting competition due to less hip impingement, the shallow sockets tend to wear out faster.

Bottom line, when engaging in an exercise class, running, cycling, or the like, if there is pain (a “bad” or sharp lancinating pain), DON’T DO THAT EXERCISE! Stay within “reasonable pain boundaries” and you should generally be safe. DON’T try to keep up with the person next to you, as they may be genetical “better matched” for the activity that you’re engaging in.

So, if you are experiencing hip pain and you type in a chiropractor near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up.  You may wonder, what is wrong with my hip?  Pain in the hip that starts to affect your activities of daily living is a problem that needs attention. Pickleball is a popular sport right now, but we find many who develop hip pain as a result of doing hip dips. Some patients wonder why walking on Fort Myers Beach or Barefoot Beach would stir their hip up.  I love, Dr. Tim Harcourt, to walk on a beach near me on a very regular basis.  Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their hip pain remains persistent. Mini Golf, golf, tennis, and pickleball are common sports to cause hip pain. Some try Oxycodone or Hydrocodone to no avail.  Some have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best. As a last resort, some type in pain management near me to find relief.  Hopefully, you won’t have the dreaded “bone on bone” x-ray findings but if you do it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a hip replacement.  Sometimes it can be resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case.  Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and hip adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

 

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