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I have been having hip and leg pain, particularly when running. I am told I have textbook symptoms for SI Joint misalignment/irritation. It does not hurt much when doing kettlbells or cross fit, but when I run, pain radiates down my leg from my hip. It also feels like my leg might give out or is just wrong when I start running. If I do leg lifts, it feels like I have a pulled muscle in my lower groin/hip area. If I run hard, it is also really painful to walk down stairs the next day.
I took some time off from running while doing some seated PT exercise that involve a belt around knees and pulling apart and then belt around ankles with ball between knees and pulling ankles apart. I tried running some yesterday and my leg just started hurting again.
I am 50 and a retired Marine that is trying to take smarter care of himself.
Has anyone had similar problems and found MWoD videos that specifically open the SI joint? I searched, but it’s overwhelming how many videos and information is out there. My next step is finding a chiropractor or PT that can do manual adjustment, but on a teacher salary, I would rather be able to fix this on my own.
Thanks in advance for any advice or help. Semper Fi!
Yes, seeing a practitioner is a good idea to identify exactly what is going on.
An episode to start with
Episode 118: SI Area Pain, The Basics
I’d also take a look at your running technique.
Did you have the pain when you were not running?
How you contact the ground plays a big role.
If the movement pattern causing the issue isn’t addressed the pain will not resolve because the cause is still there.
Thank you. I will start doing some of the recommended mobility exercises today. If anyone sees any more good videos, please share.
What is your running form like? If you have poor form, as in overstriding and causing heel strike, you will only aggravate the problem again. I recommend checking out the videos at The Natural Running Center. He has a number of drills to help develop good form
Thanks. I will check out the videos; I am always looking for ways to improve my form running or lifting. I do CrossFit and try to focus on using the pose form they teach as part of that program. I ran all last year to include a couple half and one full marathon with no pain or injuries and then all of a sudden this started bothering me.
You could have deviations in technique which weren’t enough to cause anything last year when running, however, overtime there is a cumulative impact. Reaching your tissue tolerance for the deviations in technique results in a game over. Pain starts because the movement pattern has not ideal.
Drill sessions and completing 1 or 2 drills before a running session helps set up technique for the run.