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4 Lifestyle Habits That Can Increase Your Risk of Hip Pain

Feb 02, 2023

4 Lifestyle Habits That Can Increase Your Risk of Hip Pain

Hip pain can limit your mobility, prevent you from doing the things you love, and even keep you from sleeping at night. However, certain bad habits might be contributing to your pain levels.

If you’re suffering from hip pain, treating the root cause can help alleviate symptoms. However, you could be engaging in lifestyle habits that are making your hip pain worse. 

At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM), with locations in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Calfee, Paxton Sisson PA-C, and the rest of our skilled team not only diagnose and treat hip pain, but they also help you unlearn bad habits that increase pain in your hips.

Causes of hip pain

Hip pain is more common in older adults and in athletes who have suffered a severe injury, but it can happen to anyone at any age. Your hip pain may stem from any of many different causes, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis of the hips, the most common cause of hip pain
  • Osteoporosis, which reduces your bone density, increasing risk for fracture
  • Osteonecrosis which cuts off blood supply to the main vessels in your hip
  • Hip bursitis, when the protective sacs of fluid in your joint become inflamed
  • Lumbar spine injuries, such as herniated discs or pinched nerves
  • Muscle, ligament, or tendon injuries around the hip joint  

Treatment for hip pain can range from physical therapy to medication to surgery, but for many, a few lifestyle changes can greatly reduce hip pain. 

4 habits that make hip pain worse

Chronic hip pain can make your days and nights miserable. Adjusting your habits can provide much needed relief. Here are four things you should stop doing if you have hip pain:

1. Sitting wrong

If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting, it’s critical to have an ergonomic chair and to watch your posture. Slumping or sitting slouched to one side or the other can put extra strain on your hips. 

2. Wearing the wrong shoes

You need footwear that helps absorb the shock of each step. Wearing high heels, heeled mens’ dress shoes with no cushion, or well broken-in shoes or boots won’t offer that support. If you don’t like orthopedic footwear options, at least try orthotic supports to cushion the inside of your shoes, promoting better posture.   

3. Lifting too much weight  

Carrying heavy things can put a lot of strain on your hips as well as your back. You’ve got nothing to prove, so try more trips with smaller stacks of stuff, and ask for help with bigger objects.

4. Forgetting to move it, move it  

Sore hips can make you want to lie on the couch and watch Disney+ all day, but this is exactly the wrong approach to take when you have hip pain. Try low-impact exercise, like water aerobics, to help you stretch and flex your tired hips and keep them from stiffening up.

Remember, breaking these habits won’t get rid of your hip pain, but it can help. Your doctors will work with you to complete a treatment plan that addresses your hip pain and provides proper relief.

Is your hip pain getting worse and interfering with your life? To get in touch, call the AOSM location closest to you, or book an appointment online.