Hip Pain is the New Lower Back Pain

Lets move on to prediction #5 for 2011.


We all know about the lower back being the number one injury when it comes to clients that exercise.


An injury that I have seen on the rise of late is hip pain.


How Can Hip Injuries Be the New Injury of Choice?



Hip Fractures are on the Rise


With our population getting older and living longer, hip issues will continue to be on the rise.  In older adults they estimate that 100,000 people a year will need surgery for fractured neck of the femur by 2033, with a mortality of 8.9 to 9.3% and costing 3.6 to 5.6 billion pounds (White, 2010).  This is staggering.  After their surgery, they will need exercise in order to fully help them recover from their surgery and get back to life.  The exercise program may start with physical therapy, but will need to be continued at home and in fitness centers.


Other hip pain and hip injuries we will see more of are adductor tendinopathy, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis.


Hip Pain and the Lower Back


The crazy thing is, as I do more learning, research, and training, I see the hip plays a huge role when it comes to lower back pain.


Many times when you address issues of the hip it will lead to an improvement of lower back pain.

Exercise Rehabilitation is the Answer

We will see more people move to exercise rehabilitation specialists to help design exercise programs to help them with their hip injuries and pain.

Just think, in Mangione 2010, a group with hip fractures did a home-based progressive resistance program for 10 weeks and had a moderate to large improvement in their physical abilities and quality of life.

All of this from doing a basic exercise program in their homes.

I know I have been asked by loved ones, doctors, and physical therapists to go to clients homes to help set up a home based exercise rehabilitation program for clients.  This has been fun and we will see more of it.

Where to Get More Info


I know there are people that like the research, here are some good references and resources:


White SM, Griffiths R. (2010). Projected incidence of proximal femoral fracture in England: A report from the NHS Hip Fracture Anaesthesia Network (HIPFAN). Injury. 2010 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]


Mangione KK, Craik RL, Palombaro KM, Tomlinson SS, Hofmann MT. (2010). Home-based leg-strengthening exercise improves function 1 year after hip fracture: a randomized controlled study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Oct;58(10):1911-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03076.x.

Rick Kaselj, MS