3 Common Hip Injuries in Runners (and Others!)

Runners are often advised on their form and frequency if they wish to avoid injuries to the various joints used on a regular basis. Hip pain is one of the most challenging of all symptoms to diagnose in runners simply do to the fact that these symptoms are seen so frequently and, also, because there are a wide variety of potential culprits.

Here’s what you need to know: any symptom that occurs in your hip should be examined!

The hip is crucial to motion and weight bearing. Injury to any part of the hip joint could result in long-term damage if it is not treated early and appropriately. Here, we will briefly discuss a few of the hip injuries that may occur. These are not limited to avid runners; active individuals or even those who have certain susceptibilities should also be aware of the need for prompt treatment.

Pulls and Tears

We have muscles that pull the legs apart and some that pull them together. Those that pull inward are the hip adductors, which are attached to the thighbone at the hip. Adductors are stabilizing to the hip joint and may suffer a tear or pull if overused or overstretched. Fortunately, the primary treatment for a groin pull or tear is rest. Unfortunately, pain in the groin area could also occur under different, and potentially more serious circumstances, such as a labral tear.

Labral Tear

The labrum is not a muscle; it is part of the cartilage in the hip joint. The labrum is structured somewhat like an O-ring that holds and lubricates the ball of the femur. Repetitive “beatings” to the hip joint may cause impingement of the labrum, resulting in groin pain and also the limited range of motion. Impingement that is not addressed early could cause the piece of cartilage to wear excessively. Labral tears have been identified as a precursor to arthritis of the hip joint, and require treatment from an experienced orthopedist familiar with hip injuries and treatments.

Bursitis of the Hip

Bursae fulfill an important role in the joint structure, providing lubrication that facilitates movement. These sacs of fluid may experience micro-traumas during long stretches of physical activity, such as running a marathon. These small injuries cause inflammation that may result in noticeable pain at the outer hip and thigh. If such pain occurs, rest is the primary remedy.

Like knee pain, hip pain is not something that should be approached with a “wait-and-see” attitude. The more quickly small injuries are treated, the less chance of recurrence or long-term damage.

Call our Paramus knee and hip center at 201-291-4040 to discuss your concerns.


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