Tips to Manage Hip Pain Through Modifications of Recreational & Daily Activity

by HSS on the Move
Hip pain

If you’re experiencing hip pain, you may manage the pain by modifying your recreational and daily activity. The following are tips provided by the Center for Hip Preservation. Always consult with a physician before starting an exercise regimen.

  • Avoid exercises involving repetitive hip flexion, the motion involving bringing your hip or leg up toward your chest
  • If doing squats, keep them shallow and hold off on lunges entirely, until you receive a diagnosis from your doctor
  • Do not work through pain
  • When walking or running, pay attention to pain. If the discomfort accompanies running, stop. If it occurs with walking, lessen your stride length by taking smaller steps.
  • To minimize pain while sitting, open the seat angle so that your knees are below your hips while maintaining good upright posture

The Center for Hip Preservation at Hospital for Special Surgery leads a multi-disciplined approach to treat a broad range of hip conditions that can occur at any stage of life, including teens, active adults and seniors.

Topics: Rehabilitation and Fitness
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Meryl Pearlstein says:

Are there specific activities and moves in yoga, Pilates, and weight training that should be avoided?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Meryl, thank you for your question. Diana Zotos, physical therapist and yoga instructor, says ”In yoga, people should typically avoid postures that put the hip into extreme ranges of motion or cause too much bending at the hip, like low lunges or side angle poses. Avoid poses such as lizard and pigeon that cause a lot of hip external rotation, and use bolsters and blankets to support the affected hip. Make your instructor aware of any hip conditions you may have and/or pain you may be experiencing before the start of the class. Always consult with a physician before starting an exercise regimen.”

Panagiotis Zafiridis says:

im 68 years old ihave pain of left shoulder because of an accident.Also pain hipps left knee and foot becauseof arthritis i have an artifisial aortic valve i did go through revmatic fever as a kid

HSS on the Move says:

Hello, We’re sorry you’re having such pain. If you’d like to make an appointment with an HSS physician, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 or

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