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What’s causing my hip pain after walking?

Hip Pain After Walking

Walking is an excellent form of exercise, and it’s also something that most people do every day. However, feeling pain in your hip after walking can make you less enthusiastic about this activity. This type of pain can be caused by many different issues, but there are two specific issues that are likely to cause you hip pain after walking. 

1.   Bursitis

A condition called bursitis could be the reason for hip pain after walking. This condition happens when the cushioning sacs called bursae become inflamed, and the inflammation can be the result of overuse, infections, poor posture and sports injuries. When bursitis is affecting the hip, it’s often called trochanteric bursitis after a structure in the hip called the greater trochanter. 

The greater trochanter is the point of the femur bone, and there’s a bursa on this point that can become inflamed. Trochanteric bursitis also tends to get worse after walking because the muscles that attach to the greater trochanter rub against the bursa, and this increases the irritation. 

2.   Labral tear

Hip pain after walking can also be caused by a labral tear. The labrum is a cartilage structure, and it forms a thin lip around the hip socket in the pelvis. Typically, the labrum helps the hip move smoothly and keeps the ball of the femur seated firmly in the hip socket. However, tears in the labrum can cause pain in your hip, and these tears could happen during a car accident or while playing sports.

Think of a torn labrum as being like a playing card rubbing on the spokes of a bike. (Although, it doesn’t make as cool of a noise.) Without the labral tear, your hip moves smoothly and freely when you walk. However, a labral tear can cause a flap in this cartilage structure, and like the playing card on a bike, the flap rubs against the ball of the hip socket as you walk. This rubbing can cause the tear to worsen and increase your pain. 

Hip pain after walking can be treated at Peak Performance

Once you know the root cause of your hip pain, our physical therapy experts at Peak Performance can help you treat it. We’ve helped many patients successfully reduce hip pain, and we can even help you figure out why your hip hurts with one-on-one screening. Then, we’ll develop a personalized therapy plan for you that targets your hip pain with therapy techniques such as: 

Are you ready to find relief from your hip pain? Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.