For anyone who’s been reading for more than a week or so, you know I’ve been having lots of problems with my left hip that I think are tied to major tightness in my IT bands. if you’ve been reading for a while now, you know I’ve battled several minor, but annoying injuries in the last several years.
I’ve learned over the course of my running career and working through the different injuries that you can fix almost any (non-super serious) injury the same way.
This is what I’ve been doing for my hip lately and it seems to be helping. My hip was a lot less tender today and fingers crossed that I’ll be back to running soon.
Back off running. I wasn’t keen to do this at first, but it was pretty necessary to make sure everything got fixed. Cross training was still an option so I switched to the elliptical.
Ice. I learned it’s pretty tough to ice your hip. You almost have to be lying down. Plus balancing ice packs on yourself isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But this definitely numbed some of the pain and I’m sure helped cut down on inflammation.
Streeeeetch. Hip stretches are kind of hilarious to do. I mean you have to sit or stand in some pretty weird positions. When I do the standing ones I look like a Valley Girl with way too much sass. Seriously, hip pushed out to the side, hand on the hip, all kinds of attitude.
Massage and not the sissy Swedish massage kind. I’m talking sports/deep tissues massage. This step has always been pretty critical for me in getting over any kind of injury.
In Allentown, I see one of two women who are completely and totally awesome and leave me with a few bruises the next day from really working the knots out. Down in DC I’ve really struggled to find a good massage therapist, everyone I’d gone to was too wimpy. But then one of my Twitter peeps recommended a therapist out in Columbia and after tweeting with the massage therapist for a while, I made an appointment for the other day. Today things seem to feel a lot looser in the hip area and while the jury’s still out on whether or not the massage was helpful, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
So those are my steps to overcoming just about any running injury. Aside from a major bone break/stress fracture.
What do you do to treat injury and get back to running quickly?