Hip Bursitis, Textbooks to Get and Other Stuff

Thanks for all the Facebook messages and emails.

Here are some replies from my messages that may interest you

What to do About Hip Flexor Spasm?

I’m getting over hip bursitis brought on by a major hip flexor spasm. I’m on oxaprozin to help inflammation. Are there some stretches I can do once the pain is gone?

Jim Harbourne

Before stretching, I would look at what is causing the hip flexor spasm.

Things that it could be:

  1. The position that your hip is in at your desk
  2. The position your hip is when you drive
  3. Do you drive a vehicle that is automatic or standard?
  4. Do you have an anterior tilted pelvis?
  5. Do you have good hydration or electrolyte balance?
  6. Is your technique correct when performing planks, curl up or crunches?
  7. etc

Try to find out what is causing and target things that address it.

Now getting to the stretching.

I would suggest performing a prolonged hip flexor stretch. I don’t have a video or photo of it but you are in a supine position (on your back) on a bench.  Move the leg that you want to stretch off of the bench and move the leg into hip extension (leg behind you) to a point where you feel a light stretch. Hold this position for 2 minutes.

I hope this helps, Jim.

Best Textbook for Injuries and Exercise

Hey Rick,

Quick question, mate. What would be the best textbooks you’d recommend for a basic-intermediate level when it comes to injuries, rehab, prehab, therapy, etc? I’m not necessarily talking PhD standard but just for someone who is looking at incorporating injury and physical therapy into personal training and sports performance. Are there any certs/courses you’d recommend also?

Thanks in advance!

Marc Stokes

 Thanks for the question, Marc.

To be honest, I spend less and less time referring to textbooks when it comes to injury and exercise information.  I find the information in them is outdated, too general or outside the scope of what a trainer or coach can do.

I spend most of my time referring to journal articles for new information.  At times it can be a challenge and I might have to patch together 3 or 4 articles to cover all the information, but I find the information in journal articles are the things that are up to date the most.

For example, for this month’s Injury of the Month: meniscus injuries, this has been a great article for the anatomy and injury mechanism (I was looking for something newer but after looking at 27 articles, this was the best one that I could find.):

McCarty EC, Marx RG, Wickiewicz TL. (2000). Meniscal tears in the athlete. Operative and nonoperative management. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2000 Nov;11(4):867-80.

It goes into a lot more detail than any of the textbooks that I have on my shelf.

 If there is one textbook that I like and that I refer to often, it is this:

Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System by Donald A. Neumann

When I had done some consulting for the BC College of Massage Therapy on the kinesiology and injury component to their curriculum, this was a textbook that I recommend that they include.

I would not call it easy reading but it does focus on the muscles and joint movement stuff at a higher level.

I hope this helps, Marc.

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Rick Kaselj, MS