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Topic - hip cramp

coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
Hi everyone.
For about 2 years of my climbing I sometimes suffer from very painful hip cramp from bridging or some sort of position where its like bridging. I was wondering if anyone else has had this before and what I can do to stop it.

P.s its only in one hip.
purplemonkeyelephant - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

I always get this too, also in one arm if I twist it a certain way. We just have crampy muscles!
coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

We must! Sometimes I can't even sit on my sofa or put my leg out!
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

Yup, I get that as an instant cramp when I bridge... its like a "pull that leg back NOW" thing.

I think its a pinched nerve, no amount of stretching or whatever has relieved it.
coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to MaranaF:

Yeah, I've almost fell a few times because of it. Haha! Maybe a bad bridging technique?
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

maybe, but more like a broken, knackered, old body. My solution is not to climb that sort of route.
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

Sorry Corey, I just looked at your profile, you cant have a broken, knackered old body. Whats your excuse!?
coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to MaranaF:

Haha! I could be like Benjamin button?;) but I have no idea what it is! My flexibility is fine, if not very flexible! Maybe just a bad hip?
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

All the way through my sporting career, and its been a long one, I have 'suffered' with a lack of flexibility. I dont think all the crashes, falls, wipeouts and broken bones have helped. But I do believe its a pinched nerve, anti-inflaimitaries help.
riddle - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

Which hip?

And where in the hip is the pain.

What position are your feet in when you get the pain? Toes facing forward, toes to the sides. Similar the guy in the Boreal Marduk shoe banner ads on UKC currently?

Drop me a PM if you want.
coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to MaranaF:

Is their any certain ones you reccomend?
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

anti-inflaimmitaries? Ibuprofen 400mg at a time, taken a few hours before you climb it reduces inflammation so relieving pressure on nerves.

I do have a feeling that the act of climbing, building specific muscle groups, aggravating certain joints etc is a contributor to the pressure on the nerves. Is there an expert in the room?
MaranaF - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to riddle:
Just like the Marduk shoe banner.

Sometimes with a twist, dropped left knee..
Post edited at 22:13
coreybennett - on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to MaranaF:

Thanks. I'll give that a shot! But yeah, like that shoe banner or with a twist like you said.
Simos on 29 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

Are you sure it's muscular or coming from the joint? I have a similar thing but the pain is coming from my left hip joint. I thought that it was only occasionally happening but realised that it always happen if I relax my hip muscles and place my hip joint in a particular angle...
coreybennett - on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to Simos:

Yeah, its like that
Simos on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

I self-diagnosed myself as having some sort of hip bursitis. In my case it feels like its trochanteric bursitis. Obviously best to get a proper diagnosis and not rely on Internet doctors lol

Do you run by any chance? Over-pronate?
coreybennett - on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to Simos:

I've never tried running but I have skateboarded for about 3-4 years, I think that might have something to do with it?
Simos on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:
I guess it's possible, especially if you took a fall on it or could just be the forces generated by skateboarding. Climbing is not exactly kind on the body either, so who knows - definitely steep bouldering in particular seems to give me knee pain, must be all those rotational forces while twisting.

Do you do a proper warmup and mobility exercises before you climb? (also stretching at the end). Taking anti-inflammatories etc for me is completely pointless unless you also find ways of changing the activity that aggrevates it - even if they help to get rid of it it'll just happen again...

A good physio should be able to advice on what exercises to do etc...
Post edited at 15:53
coreybennett - on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to Simos:

My friend is doing her masters in phsyio so I'll ask her. But yes I do a full warm up before I start crushing and a cool down with stretches after, I don't think I'll use the tablets because like you said, it will just happen again.
I'll see what she says.
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Simos on 30 Aug 2014
In reply to coreybennett:

Let us know how it goes, mine goes through better and worse periods. Yes I'd probably ask a physio or specialist, if you go to the GP I'm pretty sure they'll give you ibuprofen and tell you to rest for 2 weeks.. :)

The only other thing I can think of is whether you are doing so much exercise/climbing in general that you never give it a chance to recover. In that case it might be worth taking a break and using the tablets to get rid of the inflammation but talk to your friend first and see.

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