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  • Writer's pictureAndray Voronov

Hip Pain During Exercise

Are you experiencing hip pain during your exercise routine? Don't worry, you're not alone! The truth is, there are a variety of reasons why you might be feeling some discomfort in your hips, but don't fret, there are ways to avoid it.

First off, let's talk about the elephant in the room: tightness. Yeah, that's right, tight muscles are the root of all evil when it comes to hip pain. They're like a damn vise grip on your hips, squeezin' the life outta 'em. Mobilisation before and stretching after exercise is crucial for loosening up those tight muscles (Behm et al., 2016). So, before you hit the gym, make sure to limber up folks!

Next up, we got weakness. Yeah, I know, it's a tough pill to swallow, but sometimes our hips are just too weak to handle the demands we're puttin' on 'em during exercise. Now, before you go gettin' all down on yourself, let me tell you, it's an easy fix. Incorporating hip-specific exercises like squats and deadlifts into your workout routine can strengthen weak hips and prevent pain from rearing its ugly head (Mottola et al., 2017).

A combination of the two above will contribute to movement dysfunctions, which in the hips can often result in ouchies!

Now, let's talk about the real kicker: improper form and technique. That's right, sometimes we're the ones to blame for our own hip pain. Proper form and technique during high-impact exercises like running and jumping can make all the difference in preventing hip pain (Chiarelli & Lim, 2016). So, pay attention to form!

Now, gather 'round, 'cause I'm gonna let ya in on a little secret: the key to avoiding hip pain during exercise is to listen to your body. If something doesn't feel right, it's best to seek advice from your osteopath or physiotherapist about why you might be feeling that way. Always make sure you're mobilising the right areas, strengthening and paying attention to form and technique. Now, get out there and move well!

Dr Dray (Osteo)


  • Behm, D.G., et al. (2016). Acute effects of muscle stretching on physical performance, range of motion, and injury incidence in healthy active individuals. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(1), 1-9.

  • Mottola, M.F., et al. (2017). Resistance exercise and pregnancy in recreational athletes. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 39(5), 434-440.

  • Chiarelli, P.E., & Lim, J. (2016). The effects of a prenatal exercise program on posture and balance in pregnant women. Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, 40(4), 159-167.

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