Hip Joints – Stiffness & Pain
Hips are no joke – they have one of the highest range of motion of any joint in the body, second only to the shoulder, and they give us the ability to walk, stand, and support our own weight. The hip joint is a ball and socket where the head of the femur meets a hollow in the pelvis. Both socket in the pelvis – called the acetabulum – and the femur are lined with cartilage that allow the bones to glide across each other smoothly. As we age and the cartilage begins to thin, our hips become vulnerable to stiffness, soreness, and pain.
Causes of painful hip joints
The most common cause of hip pain in adults over 50 is osteoarthritis. Because each hip joint must be able to hold half of our body weight, the cartilage in these joints must act as a shock absorber during any physical activity that makes impact with the ground, which can exacerbate damage and inflammation. During the impact, the bone also becomes vulnerable to breaking down and failing to rebuild itself, a condition known as Osteoporosis.
Inflammation can also occur when the tendons around the joint are strained, especially from running or any activity that involves lifting the leg repeatedly. Prolonged strain on the tendon, caused by overusing muscles (or favouring one over the other), can result in tendinitis.
Common Hip Complaints
Hip pain is so common in adults over 50 that a lot of us accept hip pain as an inevitable part of getting older. Because hips play such a vital role in our everyday mobility, even mild hip pain can feel unbearably debilitating. Soreness and inflammation in the hips can also be felt in the groin, the front of the thigh, and the lower back. The good news is, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make now to avoid disability or hip replacement surgery in the future.
Preventing painful hip joints
Your hip joints are beautifully designed to take on an incredible amount of weight and pressure throughout your lifetime, but as we age we need to give them extra support to keep us through each day.
- Healthy hips require your joints, tendons, muscles, and bones to work collaboratively. Gentle rotations and stretches that comfortably engage all of these parts will help keep them flexible and coordinated. A nutritious diet, with anti-inflammatory Omega-3’s and calcium and Vitamin D to support bone density, can protect against stress and damage. Supplementary nutrients like Flexiqule are loaded with anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients that can soothe your joints naturally. Flexiqule’s unique formula of Ginger and Boswellia extract helps lubricate hip joints and promotes cartilage repair, so you can stand, walk, and sway for years to come.