Trust me, this will be an article about hip pain, but first, remember Nordic Track? I sure do. It was an indoor cross-country ski trainer and a pretty intense “full-body” workout. Sporting my headband, wrist bands and Sony Walkman, not only was I looking good, but I was also ready for hours of mindless cardio. I tried it out for a few weeks. It was actually kind of fun. Unfortunately, shortly after I began Nordic Tracking, I started getting mild (and occasionally debilitating) hip pain.
Fast forward 17 years and that hip pain was still with me – like a constant toothache. At times I was sure my hip was becoming arthritic, so I got it X-rayed. But the X-rays said my hip was fine.
Over the last 17 years, in an attempt to find a solution for this hip pain, I’ve had numerous trips to the physio, the chiro, the massage therapist, the Active Release Therapist.
Myself and everyone I saw thought it was a problem with my hip flexor muscle (the psoas). All of them helped a little, but unfortunately just for a short time. Yoga helped me a lot and probably provided the most relief. But the problem was still always there.
A few months ago, after some heavy squats really flared up the problem, I found this article by Eric Cressey, one of the brightest personal trainers out there: http://www.ericcressey.com/newsletter150html. I’ll admit, I had never even heard of Anterior Femoral Glide Syndrome, but it made a lot of sense. So I stopped over stretching the chronically inflamed joint capsule, started foam rolling even more diligently and addressed the underlying muscle imbalances in my glutes/pelvis/hamstrings. Not quite overnight, but within a few weeks my old nemesis was almost gone. I remember crossing my leg one day and realising that for the first time in years, it didn’t hurt.
Here’s another excellent article on Anterior Femoral Glide Syndrome for you to check out by Dr Marc Heller: bit.ly/u2kD9Y, a chiropractor in Ashland, Oregon. If you have time, check out his website too, there’s a ton of great information on a wide range of problems from a very experienced, biomechanical expert: http://www.marchellerdc.com/clinic/index.htm
If you’re suffering from hip pain, check out these articles and have a word with your health professional.
If it is due to Anterior Femoral Glide Syndrome, you may be surprised how quickly you can resolve this problem. Sure wish I had this info 17 years ago…