My hip hurts.
All part of getting old? Definitely not. Overdid it at the gym? Probably.
It’s been hurting for about six days now – and if I’ve learnt nothing else during my life, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to put up with it.
So off I took myself to the physio.
I’ve had a problem hip before – but it was the other hip, and it was a different sort of pain. I had various manipulations for it, which kept it going for a while, but two years ago I was pretty much convinced that I’d be on the waiting list for a new hip within 10-15 years.
Then I started going to the gym regularly, and the hip pain went away – these days I don’t think about it at all.
But, as I said, this new pain is in the other hip.
I think I know what happened. I think it was a perfect storm of lifting something that was just a bit too heavy for me, coupled with a very ‘squatty’ session at the gym. Also the weather’s turned a bit colder so maybe I wasn’t fully warmed up. Lots of things all happening at once.
The physio asked me loads of questions – about what exercises I do, my footwear, and where exactly the pain was coming from. And he announced that it wasn’t my hip at all, but the top of my hamstring. And therefore much easier to fix.
He did some massage (or in his words, ‘poked it with a stick’) and gave me three exercises to do (6-8 reps of each, to be done every other day). He’s promised me that it will hurt more tomorrow (it’s hurting more now…), but then it will start to get better. And I need to see him again next week.
I’m allowed to go back to the gym (I’ve taken a break for a week – no point in making matters worse until I know what the problem is), but only if I promise to be very careful with the squats and lunges, and to lay off the treadmill for a bit. The rowing machine is still OK, ditto the ski-erg and the bikes. I’ve to lift slightly lighter. Basically, I’ve to just hold back a bit until things have a chance to heal. This is not something I’m good at…
But it’s a relief to know that it’s something that can be fixed relatively easily.
And I’m a great believer in fixing everything that can be fixed. Not everything can be fixed – but if we fix what we can, it makes the stuff that we can’t fix easier to live with.
So right now I’m keeping it warm, I took a couple of Ibuprofen before I went to bed, and I’ll take a couple more before I go to work. I’ll rest it to recover from the physio, as he recommended. I should have been at the gym this evening, but I’ll cancel that and re-book for the day after tomorrow. And then I’ll start the exercises – three exercises, twice a day, 6-8 reps each, every other day. Slow squats, modified glute bridge, and hamstring extension.
And I will do the exercises. They’re already written in my diary so I won’t forget. No point in going for the appointment, paying the fee, and then not doing the exercises. No point at all.
Can’t wait to get back to the gym.
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