How Yoga Can Help Your Hip Pain

Your hip joints are pretty important. They not only bear the weight of your body, but allow you to walk, jump, run, and move. It should come as no surprise that pain in these joints can bring some major limitations. 

Hip pain is incredibly common and can be the result of different conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. So, how do you ease the pain? In addition to seeking medical treatment, such as hip arthroscopy, an appropriate yoga practice can also provide relief. 

Best yoga for hip pain

There are many types of yoga, which is why it's important you choose one for your specific needs. When you’re dealing with chronic pain or recovering from an injury, go with a gentler form of yoga that’s focused on breathing and postures, versus one that's more strenuous. Two useful forms include:

Yoga benefits for hip pain

Yoga can bring a range of physical and emotional benefits, from improved balance to a heightened sense of relaxation and well-being. Benefits of yoga specific to hip pain include:

All these benefits can lead to less pain and stiffness, especially if you practice consistently. In a study, published in Sports Health, involving 42 adults who underwent hip preservation surgery, 93 percent of participants who stopped their yoga practice due to severe hip pain were able to return after the procedure. Doing yoga likely enhanced their recovery and helped lower the risk of future pain.

Getting started with yoga for hip pain

Whenever you have a medical condition, it's important to pursue physical activity carefully and work with a qualified professional who’s well-versed in yoga for pain management. For your ensured safety and best results, talk to Dr. Joshua Harris, a dedicated and experienced orthopedic specialist in Houston. He can help determine if you’ve chosen an appropriate class or style and provide recommendations. He can also go over particular movements or activities to avoid so you maintain good health. 

Learn more about yoga for hip pain by contacting our office today! Dr. Harris and our team would love to support you in your journey to less pain and richer living.

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