Hip pain on the hitting side

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by ihaveaquestion, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. ihaveaquestion

    ihaveaquestion New User

    Jul 3, 2010
    I have to confess that I've had this hip problem before. It got better during winter (no tennis), but now it's getting progressively worse as I play tennis more often. It's on my hitting arm side (lefty). I almost don't can't sleep on its side because it hurts, it reduces my mobility as well. I hate taking aspirin, I tried RICE before...but not being able to play sucks. My goal now is not just to alleviate the pain but to prevent it from happening again, is there an exercise/stretch I can do before playing?

    Thx much!
  2. usta2050

    usta2050 Rookie

    Dec 28, 2010
    1. you need to rest
    2. see a good ortho
    3. change ur mechanics.

  3. Steve F.

    Steve F. Semi-Pro

    Feb 18, 2004
    Nueva York
    See your doc. ;-)
    This could be many things. I once had hip pain that reduced me to a limp - it turned out to be a run of the mill sciatic/lower back issue exacerbated by tennis that is resolved with physical therapy and strengthening.
    Point is, the pain was resolved so quickly after diagnosis, I wondered why I waited.
    Good luck!
  4. Hapless

    Hapless Rookie

    Apr 17, 2010
    Depending on where the pain is, this could be something minor or very serious. If, by your hip, you mean the widest part of your lateral thigh, it's likely trochanteric bursitis or an iliotibial band problem. Neither of these are terribly serious. You could easily search the web for stretches to help either condition. A cortisone shot could very well make the bursitis go away for good (if that's what it is), although it's always better to put off needles as long as you can. IT band problems are a lot more nagging, and don't ever really go away cleanly.

    If, by your hip, you mean your actual hip joint, and the pain originates in your groin, STOP PLAYING TENNIS until you are diagnosed and treated. You can diagnose a hip joint problem by seeing what happens when to rotate your hip or abduct it (move it laterally outwards while the leg is straight). If motion like this brings on your pain, you need to see someone skilled in sports medicine. This could be a bunch of things, including a bone spur or a labral cartilage tear. In either case, you are risking permanent damage to the joint if you don't get the problem fixed.

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